IGEM teams up with National Engineering Policy Centre to tackle net zero

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See IGEM’s latest policy response to the National Engineering Policy Centre's publication named Net Zero: a systems perspective on the climate challenge. 

IGEM Response

IGEM collaborates with the National Engineering Policy Centre to provide advice to government on reaching net zero emissions

As part of IGEM’s collaboration with the National Engineering Policy Centre (NEPC), the institution is proud to present its most recent publication, outlining the steps we are taking to bring the engineering profession together to develop a shared vision for decarbonising the UK.

The launch paper, Net Zero: A systems perspective on the climate challenge, sets out the aim and scope of a new programme of work led by the NEPC Decarbonisation Working Group.

The National Engineering Policy Centre is an ambitious partnership, led by the Royal Academy of Engineering, between 39 different UK engineering organisations representing 450,000 engineers. IGEM, alongside other institutions, industry experts and academia, will be exploring a ‘systems thinking’ approach to the decarbonisation challenge, and providing engineering-led, evidenced-based guidance to policymakers.

The launch paper reemphasises the immense scale of the challenge to coordinate the net zero transition across multiple industries, technologies and policy areas.

IGEM Head of Technical Services & Policy Ian McCluskey said: “Although the UK’s immediate focus is on tackling the current health crisis, it is important that our industry and policy makers remain committed to the net zero challenge and maintain momentum in the area of heat decarbonisation. 

“There are some key decisions to be made in Parliament throughout 2020/21 and IGEM’s ongoing work with the gas industry, to support the feasibility and safety evidence for a greener gas grid, will help shape the future direction of the UK’s net zero carbon strategy.”