Possible solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges are outlined in a new report published by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), UK. The report focuses on securing sustainable energy supplies, food and nutrition, access to clean water, health and wellbeing, explores the application of chemical engineering, and presents current thinking on safety and risk, education, training, and research.
There will be no universal solution to meet growth in global energy demand. Fossil fuel assets will maintain a central position in the world’s energy economy for decades but a shift towards decarbonisation and sustainable energy use is required.
Population growth, industrialisation, and urbanisation are the main factors increasing pressure on water supplies. Chemical engineers must explore new ways of promoting process technology in securing viable industrial and municipal water supplies.
Greater engagement with policy-makers is necessary to ensure decisions that impact upon funding and regulation are evidence based. Increased public engagement to overcome a negative, often inaccurate, public perception of chemistry, chemicals and chemical engineering is needed.
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