IChemE opens consultation on Climate Change position

 IChemE opens consultation on Climate Change position

6th July 2020

The Institution for Chemical Engineers (IChemE) has today launched a consultation on its climate change position statement. The consultation will give IChemE members the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft statement which details the Institution’s commitments in this important area.

IChemE’s position on climate change is founded on a number of principles as stated within the document which also includes further context on what climate change means for IChemE members and wider society. The Institution seeks to take a leadership role in tackling climate change, working with all stakeholders, from governments to communities around the world, to deliver a fair, safe and sustainable future in which we can all thrive.

Members will be asked to provide feedback on the principles and commitments contained within the statement as well as a response on the target date to achieve net zero emissions.

Mark Apsey, Chair of the IChemE Energy Centre, said:

“I’m delighted that we have now launched the consultation for climate change. IChemE members are critically aware of the importance of climate change and that in order to serve society we must take concrete action to equip members with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges ahead.

“Chemical, biochemical and process engineers are heavily involved in the industries and sectors that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, yet we are in the unique position of having the specialist knowledge and expertise to address the challenges represented by climate change.

“With the breadth of knowledge held by IChemE members I am looking forward to receiving input from all those with observations on this important topic.”

How to respond to the consultation

The consultation is open until 28 August 2020. All IChemE members are welcome to respond to the consultation using the feedback form sent via email or using the link posted on the IChemE members’ forum, Interface. Please note that members will need to log in to their MyIChemE account on the website first to access Interface. The draft position statement can be found here.  

Responses will be reviewed on a regional basis by IChemE’s member groups, and on an technical or sector basis by the special interest groups, before being collated by the Institution’s Climate Change Task Group. The final IChemE climate change position statement will be published in Q4 2020 and it is envisaged that it will be supported by a detailed action plan which will be reviewed, and reported on, on an annual basis.


IChemE Draft Climate Change Position Statement

IChemE Energy Centre


For more information please contact:

Lucy Cook, Communications Manager, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534454
e: lcook@icheme.org

Rachael Fraser, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534435
e: rfraser@icheme.org

Ketna Mistry, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534484
e: kmistry@icheme.org

What is chemical engineering?

Chemical, biochemical and process engineering is the application of science, maths and economics in the process of turning raw materials into everyday, and more specialist, products. Professional chemical engineers design, construct and manage process operations all over the world. Oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, food and drink, synthetic fibres and clean drinking water are just some of the products where chemical engineering plays a central role.


The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) advances chemical engineering's contribution worldwide for the benefit of society. We support the development of chemical engineering professionals and provide connections to a powerful network of around 35,000 members in 100 countries.

We support our members in applying their expertise and experience to make an influential contribution to solving major global challenges, and are the only organisation to award Chartered Chemical Engineer status and Professional Process Safety Engineer registration.

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