Engineering profession calls for climate action in manifesto

The National Engineering Policy Centre has called for action to secure the UK’s future economy and society in a new manifesto.

Launched on 27 August, the manifesto, Engineering priorities for our future economy and society, calls on government to work with the National Engineering Policy Centre to invest in skills, innovation, digital and traditional infrastructure, and clean energy technologies. On energy and climate change specifically, the manifesto calls for investment in the demonstration and deployment of new low-carbon heat, charging of electric vehicles and carbon capture and storage technologies.

It also called for an increase in investment of whole-system, large-scale integrated multi-technology pilots of low-carbon technologies. It warned that failure to take a system-wide view in light of the interconnectedness of the energy system risks creating undesirable knock-on effects in other sectors, while excluding important and more efficient solutions.

Professor Dame Ann Dowling, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “he actions we propose today will enable the UK to make investment decisions that will create jobs and prosperity and drive sustainability, helping to build an economy and society ready to face the future. We look forward to working with policymakers from across the political spectrum to achieve these aims.”