Environment Special Interest Group
A community for process professionals

About us

Welcome to the Environment Special Interest Group (EnvSIG)

A very warm welcome to the EnvSIG. At EnvSIG we aim to provide a point of contact for the Chemical Engineering community to learn about and discuss environmental issues and technology.  We provide a variety of platforms and opportunities for the membership to get involved and are always looking for membership participation in all the events and initiatives that we host. We are increasingly conscious of the changes to our membership base, most notably the growing influence of the IChemE internationally. In this regard, the EnvSIG is keen to engage further with members both throughout the UK and Internationally to understand your needs as this evolution in the Institution continues.

If you would  like to get involved in the committee or have ideas for subjects that you would like to see discussed at one of our events please get in touch with our Chair, David Green david.green@engreen.co.uk

David Green

Chairman EnvSIG 

Chemical engineers have a key role to play in the protection and improvement of the environment, a topic that is high on the social and political agenda, and stringently regulated. The Environment Special Interest Group provides a forum for the exchange of information and the sharing of experiences between professionals, including academics, consultants, engineers, environmental professionals and regulators, across a wide range of industrial and commercial sectors. The group’s membership is diverse, including academics, consultants, engineers, environmental professionals and regulators. 

Objectives

  • Promote the application of chemical engineering principles and practice in protecting and improving the environment
  • Raise awareness of innovative environmental techniques and technologies, environmental policy developments and regulatory tools
  • Encourage investigation and design development in all aspects of environmental protection, pollution prevention and control
  • Promote contact, communication and sharing of best practice between professionals
  • Form links with other stakeholders in the field

 

Activities

  • Technical seminars, workshops and site visits
  • Webinars (Web based presentations)
  • Evening events held in association with IChemE member groups
  • Electronic newsletter Avert
  • Input into consultations related to environmental policy developments and regulatory tools
  • Discussion via our LinkedIn Group

 

Support of other groups

The IChemE EnvSIG is a member of the ‘IPPC Sounding Board’. Defra conducts regular meetings with its IPPC stakeholder group (the “IPPC Sounding Board”) to discuss IPPC developments and to share experiences of implementing the PPC element of the Environmental Permitting Regulations.

The Sounding Board is an informal, non-decision making body consisting of trade associations that represent the industries regulated by the Environment Agency (under Part A (1) of the Environmental Permitting Regulations) and Government/regulator representatives.

Membership of the Sounding Board consists of “core members” who attend the meetings and “paper members”, such as the IChemE, who do not, but who are consulted upon relevant policy and regulatory developments. Examples of such consultations are the drafting of the recent Industrial Emissions Directive, and an anticipated future trading system under EU wide rules for SO2 and/or NOx emissions from land-based industrial sources.

My IChemE

IChemE is a registered charity in England & Wales (214379), and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 039661).