New strategy to kickstart a decade of ethical transformation for engineering from EWB UK

26 May 2021

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2021-2030 strategy launched by Engineers Without Borders (EWB) UK calls for the sector make social & environmental justice a cornerstone of engineering to help reach UN Global Sustainable Development Goals.

Engineers Without Borders UK, leading a movement to put global responsibility at the heart of engineering, has launched its latest strategy to radically change the current culture in the engineering sector in order to ensure a safe and just future for all.

As an organisation, Engineers Without Borders UK will be accelerating its efforts to inspire, upskill and drive change within the sector – engaging 500,000 practising and student engineers by 2030. Through workshops, the highly successful university Design Challenges, corporate partnerships and advocacy, Engineers Without Borders UK intends to bring globally responsible engineering to the mainstream.

The strategy also calls for those in the sector to make a commitment to the four key principles of globally responsible engineering – transforming how engineers, at both an individual and organisational level, practice their profession:

1.    Responsible. To meet the needs of all people within the limits of our planet. This should be at the heart of engineering.     

2.    Purposeful. To consider all the impacts of engineering, from a project or product’s inception to the end of its life. This should be at a global and local scale, for people and planet.

3.    Inclusive. To ensure that diverse viewpoints and knowledge are included and respected in the engineering process.

4.    Regenerative. To actively restore and regenerate ecological systems, rather than just reducing impact.

As a sector and profession, engineering has the potential, opportunity and ability to have a material impact on how the planet's resources are utilised – and how this impacts people all around the world. Currently, 39% of global carbon emissions are produced by the building and construction sector, while 33% of the earth's soils are already degraded – and over 90% could become degraded by 2050. Around 14% of food is lost between harvest and retail, and 9% of the world’s population is undernourished, while approximately 10% do not have access to electricity.

Emma Crichton (CEng MICE) EWB UK

Emma Crichton, Head of Engineering at Engineers Without Borders UK said: “We urgently need to balance the needs of all people with the needs of our planet. Engineering continues to rely on unsustainable methods and research shows how engineering education need to adapt, including education within our profession at large. We urgently need to act to ensure a safe and just future for all.

"Our new strategy will provide the inspiration and tools to mainstream globally responsible engineering by embedding these principles across education and industry. It is an ambitious strategy, but the scale of the challenge demands this. By bringing together thousands of people and organisations, we will develop unstoppable momentum towards achieving social and environmental justice through engineering."

To join Engineers Without Borders UK and make the commitment , visit: www.ewb-uk.org/join/


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