Climate change is a significant long-term challenge for our planet. The responsibility to drastically reduce our impact on the climate falls on all areas, industries and sections of society. Addressing global warming quickly and effectively requires urgent, clear and decisive leadership, both politically and within the industry, and relies on establishing the infrastructure, systems and governance for long term sustainability. Finding a solution, is, without doubt, the most difficult and important engineering challenges of our time, one which the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) is determined to lead.
Engineers have the skills, insights and ingenuity to help tackle climate change in ways that optimise efficiency, economy, safety and reliability. As engineers, we are problem solvers and innovators, with a unique world perspective. Most of these issues are significant, challenging and require unprecedented collaborative action. Engineering is central to solving them.
The understanding and articulation of these challenges will develop over time and the IET and the engineering profession stands ready to deliver solutions and ensure a more sustainable, smarter and brighter future for us all.
The IET promotes professionalism and encourages ethical behaviour in the practice of science, engineering and technology by all stakeholders. In so doing, the IET seeks to raise the level of public trust and confidence in the positive contribution to society made by science, engineering and technology. In relation to climate change and sustainability, we feel it is essential to highlight some key principles to complement our professional standards.