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Educating engineers to contribute to a regional goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2030

Fogg-Rogers, Laura; Bakthavatchaalam, Venkat; Richardson, David; Fowles-Sweet, Wendy

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Dr Laura Fogg Rogers Laura.Foggrogers@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor of Knowledge Exchange in Engineering

Wendy Fowles-Sweet Wendy.Fowles-Sweet@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Engineering Professionalism



Abstract

The environmental and health impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss are now apparent and yet cohesive policymaking to mitigate emissions is moving too slowly. The UK’s target for carbon neutrality has been set for 2050, but this has been superseded by regional leadership in the West of England aiming for Net Zero by 2030. This has been incorporated within the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) 2030 Strategy through the declaration of a Climate and Ecological Emergency, with direct (scope 1), indirect (scope 2), and implicated (scope 3) emissions included. In order to meet these goals, sustainability education is embedded through all levels of the Engineering Curriculum, aiming to support the regional goal of Net Zero 2030. Current modules incorporate education for Sustainable Development Goals alongside citizen engagement challenges, where engineers find solutions to real-life problems. All undergraduate engineers also take part in immersive project weeks to develop problem-based learning around the Engineers without Borders international challenges. A new Climate Action Hub aims to showcase staff and student sustainability projects and individual actions. Finally, the initiative for Digital Engineering Technology and Innovation aims to embed sustainability throughout the engineering lifecycle, with UWE Bristol providing skills development leadership for the region to enable the future transition.

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Fogg-Rogers, L., Bakthavatchaalam, V., Richardson, D., & Fowles-Sweet, W. (2022). Educating engineers to contribute to a regional goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2030. Cahiers COSTECH, 5, Article 133

Journal Article Type Conference Paper
Conference Name Colloque Ingenium 2021 : Le développement durable dans la formation et les activités d’ingénieur
Conference Location France
Acceptance Date Jun 15, 2021
Online Publication Date Nov 15, 2022
Publication Date Nov 15, 2022
Deposit Date Mar 16, 2023
Publicly Available Date Mar 16, 2023
Journal Cahiers COSTECH
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Article Number 133
Series Title Sustainability: From research to training
Keywords Net zero; Carbon emissions
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/10331997
Publisher URL http://www.costech.utc.fr/CahiersCOSTECH/spip.php?article133
Related Public URLs http://www.costech.utc.fr/CahiersCOSTECH/spip.php?mot74

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