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Making It Work - Engineering Council event

Published: 22/03/2021

Composite image: making it work, #MakingEngineeringWork, speaker headshots,Experts help launch engineering standards & guidance on sustainability

Engineers have a crucial role to play in achieving global goals and building a more sustainable world. On 21 April, industry regulator the Engineering Council will be running an online event setting out the big picture of how professional standards and guidance can support practising engineers, at all career levels, towards this goal.

Making It Work – Using professional standards and guidance to develop engineering competence for a sustainable world’ is a public launch of the Engineering Council’s latest professional Standards and ‘Guidance on Sustainability’.

Expert speakers from organisations including Google and the UN will explore the big picture of sustainability, the crucial role of engineers in responding to climate change, and will drill down to examples of how engineers can build sustainability considerations into their day-to-day practice.

This one hour webinar will also set out the sustainability challenges ahead, and examine how professional standards and guidance can support both individuals’ professional development, contribute to a greener future. ‘Making It Work’ is free to attend and suitable for practising engineers at all career levels, engineering students, and interested members of the public.

As the regulatory body for the UK engineering profession, the Engineering Council publishes professional standards and guidance to support engineers and technicians throughout their careers.

Expert speakers:

  • United Nations Assistant Secretary General, Executive Director, UNITAR, Nikhil Seth, will set out how the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) function as a significant blueprint for humanity, and how Engineering Council Standards can help achieve these goals.
  • Google’s AI/Machine Learning Practice Lead, Dr Larissa Suzuki CEng, will share her experience of how professional standards support her, as an individual engineer working in a cutting-edge field.
  • Chief Executive of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) Terry Fuller CEng will present the latest ‘Guidance on Sustainability’, which provides high level principles for every engineering field and discipline.
  • Demonstrating how that can be applied to a specific sector, Technical Manager of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Sustainability Consultant Julie Godefroy CEng will explain the relevance of this guidance for CIBSE and the related resources the institution offers.
  • Clara Bagenal George will then give practical examples of how she applies this guidance in her day-to-day engineering work, as a Building Services Engineer.

The event will take place on 21 April at 1pm UK time, hosted by Engineering Council Chairman, Professor Chris Atkin CEng FRAeS FREng. To book a place, attendees need to register at:

For press enquiries:
Kate Webster, Engineering Council –, 020 3206 0567

Notes for editors:
The Engineering Council holds the national Register of Engineering Technicians (EngTech), Incorporated Engineers (IEng), Chartered Engineers (CEng) and Information and Communication Technology Technicians (ICTTech). It also sets and maintains the internationally recognised standards of competence and ethics that govern the award and retention of these titles. By this means it is able to ensure that employers, government and wider society, both at home and overseas, can have confidence in the skills and commitment of registrants. For more information visit:

Engineering Council publications:
The UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) sets out the engineering competence and commitment required for registration and the new, fourth edition has an increased emphasis on sustainability and ethics. UK-SPEC is available online at:

The latest ‘Guidance on Sustainability’, which emphasises the importance of engineers taking a proactive role and highlights the need to design in sustainability from the start, is available at: