01 World Engineers Symposium 2020 | Climate Smart Engineering 1


Watch the three following presentations on Climate Smart Engineering which were delivered at the World Engineers Symposium on 20 November 2020. Watch for free on EA OnDemand.  

Contribution of Reducing Carbon in Water to meet SDG Goals and Zero Carbon Targets

Water is implicit in all the SDGs as it is so vital to life but it takes energy to collect, clean, distribute for use and then collect and treat and so can contain considerable carbon. How can we all help to reduce the carbon in water to assist with SDG 13 on Climate Action?Many Institutions, including ICE, have signed up to a Climate Emergency Declaration and one of the targets is to minimise carbon. I want to explore how engineers can contribute to reducing both capital and operational carbon in the management of water. Engineers influence the use and disposal of water both as individuals and as professionals. Engineers conceive solutions to clients’ problems, design and specify the components and in so doing determine the carbon footprint of their solution: in most cases for many years. Change has to start now with civil engineering infrastructure if the carbon targets for 2030/50 are to be met.

Richard Coackley CBE

Consulting Engineer

Climate Changed: Evaluating Vulnerabilities & Enhancing Built Environment Resiliency

Evidenced through increases in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events - the climate has changed. This change has created new vulnerabilities in the buildings we depend on to provide productive and safe environments.Through a case study driven presentation RWDI will share a methodology they developed and implemented to assess the resiliency of a portfolio of 150 publicly owned buildings and a second portfolio of 413 privately operated buildings. The presentation will share some of the typical vulnerabilities that were identified through the completion of the study and solutions proposed to decrease both the probability and severity of a failure during a weather event.Attendees will leave the session empowered with an understanding of a proven approach to identify climate change vulnerabilities and a suite of solutions to consider implementing to enhance the resiliency of the buildings they may be responsible for designing, owning or operating.

Mike Williams

Vice President, Buildings | RWDI

Aligning Recycling and Manufacturing - Adding Value by Creating Circular Economies for Materials

Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla is an internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer and inventor revolutionising recycling science. She is renowned for pioneering the high temperature transformation of waste in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials.’  In 2018 Veena launched the world's first e-waste microfactory and in 2019 she launched her plastics microfactory, a recycling technology breakthrough. As the founding Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, she is producing a new generation of green materials and products made entirely, or primarily, from waste. Veena also heads the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for ‘green manufacturing’, a leading national research centre that works in collaboration with industry to ensure new recycling science is translated into real world environmental and economic benefits. In 2019 she was appointed inaugural Director of the Circular Economy Innovation Network by the NSW Government through its Office of Chief Scientist and Engineer. In 2019, she was honoured by Engineers Australia as a Centenary Hero for her work (https://www.createdigital.org.au/meet-engineer-helping-people-see-huge-…). In 2018 she was elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. In 2016, Veena was named one of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers and in 2015, Veena named Australia’s 100 Most Influential Engineers, both by Engineers Australia. In 2013, Veena received the ‘Howe Memorial Lecture Award’, Pittsburgh, USA in appreciation for her lecture on ‘The Power of Steelmaking – harnessing high temperature reactions to transform waste into raw material resources’. 

Prof Veena Sahajwalla HonFIEAust CPEng

Smart Centre | The University of New South Wales