Last edited 27 Oct 2020

Structural Engineers' Climate Action


The six most important things all professional structural engineers should do now. Suggestions from Dr Mike Cook, March 2020:

  1. Get informed – as a professional engineer you are obliged to develop your skills continuously.
  2. Design low carbon - track and reduce embodied carbon; rethink the materials you specify.
  3. Design lean - reduce the quantity of material; avoid over design.
  4. Design recycled – specify recycled materials and design to allow future re-use.
  5. Work with your client - influence your brief, develop a sustainability plan, seek opportunities to reduce new-build and maximise retention, adaption and extension of existing buildings
  6. Get active locally - work with other professionals to help each other, compare progress and learn.


[edit] Get better informed about the climate emergency

[edit] Design low-carbon - reduce embodied carbon through low-carbon design

[edit] Design lean - reduce material use specified in your design

[edit] Design recycled - reduce material waste and increase the re-use of materials in your designs

[edit] Help your client - question your brief and take you client with you

[edit] Be an active professional engineer

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Consider PAS 20280:2016 Carbon Management in Infrastructure. Reduce carbon, reduce cost.


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