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IChemE launches sustainability hub in 100th year

Published: 28/02/2022

Hand holding a smartphone with recycling logo on the screenThe Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) has launched a Sustainability Hub, with a suite of new on-demand training courses and knowledge resources for chemical engineers.

IChemE is a professional engineering institution (PEI) licensed by the Engineering Council to assess candidates for professional registration, and monitor registrants’ conduct and continuing professional development.

The new hub aims to inspire and support the chemical engineering community to make a positive impact on global sustainability by addressing the challenges presented by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This sustainability hub has been launched during IChemE’s centenary year and will provide resources to show how chemical engineers play a vital role in supporting the SDGs. The on-demand training courses are free to IChemE members throughout 2022, with non-members also able to access the courses as part of IChemE’s training portfolio. 

The resources include peer-reviewed papers and publications by chemical engineers, articles in The Chemical Engineer, videos from the volunteer project team, and newly designed training courses to improve understanding and competency. The hub will also share stories of how chemical engineers are successfully supporting these SDGs and sustainability more generally, for example through ethical decision-making.

The hub was made possible with a £200,000 donation from business leader and IChemE Fellow, Ian Shott, who is passionate about equipping chemical engineers with the knowledge and skills to build on sustainable practices. Ian, who is also a former IChemE President, said:

“I’m thrilled that the Sustainability Hub is live and available to support members and the wider profession to embed sustainable practices and contribute significantly to the sustainable development goals. Ultimately, this is all about making society and the world a better place, and I’m confident that as this year progresses and more knowledge is shared, through a growing network, this hub will become an important aid for chemical engineers and will inspire new innovative solutions.”

Trish Melton, Chair of the Sustainability Hub Technical Advisory Group (TAG), added:

“The Sustainability Hub is an exciting new resource for IChemE members. This will become the go-to resource for chemical engineers at all levels for sustainability training and knowledge. The hub will also help chemical engineers embed sustainable practices into their day-to-day work.”

Throughout 2022, more content and courses (covering topics such as life-cycle analysis, the circular economy and the role of engineers in achieving net zero) will be launched and added to the hub to support chemical engineers in their professional development and learning.

Find out more on the IChemE website: