The Royal Academy of Engineering, which promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country, welcomed the progress of the leaders at the G8 meeting in Heiligendamm in making a firm commitment to tackle climate change.

Dr Sue Ion, Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said:

“Climate change is a global problem that demands a global solution. However, it is still crucially important that our own Government introduces measures to reduce the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions. We cannot preach to the world unless our own house is in order. Neither is it acceptable to continue to claim emissions reductions by paying to clean up CFCs and other potent greenhouse gasses in China without reducing our own CO2 emissions.”

“The UK Government must therefore take action to ensure that this country has access to secure energy supplies and that climate change mitigation remains a key priority, whatever the outcome of this week’s G8 Summit. The engineering profession is uniquely placed to understand what technologies can be deployed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions as efficiently and effectively as possible because we are responsible for designing and developing new products and technologies. We will provide a clear approach to dealing with climate change in our response to the recent Energy White Paper. I hope the Government listens to our recommendations.”

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

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Tonia Page at The Royal Academy of Engineering