Overcoming climate change is the number one engineering challenge of the 21st century. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has concluded that the rise in global temperatures is due to an increase in greenhouse gas levels. In order to avoid irreversible environmental damage, a fall in greenhouse gas emissions is necessary. In order to keep the rise in temperature below two degrees, global emissions of greenhouse gases must peak before 2015 and must be reduced by 50-85 % by 2050. Reaching global stabilisation in greenhouse gas emissions no later than 2015 is a huge challenge; cuts in emissions and a general de-carbonation of society call for major changes in technologies and lifestyle.
In the search for solutions to the climate challenge, the knowledge and the competences of engineers are essential. This is why thirteen associations of engineers from twelve different countries world-wide have joined the Future Climate – Engineering Solutions project. The goal of the Future Climate project is to demonstrate climate solutions and technologies that can contribute toward a scenario where the global temperature does not increase more than two degrees Celsius.
The following associations of engineers from different countries worldwide currently participate in the Future Climate project:
- The Danish Society of Engineers, IDA
- The Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers
- The Norwegian Society of Engineers, NITO
- The Association of German Engineers, VDI
- The Institution of Engineers, India
- Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK)
- The Finnish Association of Graduate Engineers, TEK
- Union of Professional Engineers, UIL (Finland)
- APESMA (Australia)
- Engineers Ireland
- The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
- The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers
- Civil Engineer Organization of Honduras