IChemE launches new Sustainability Hub

IChemE launches new Sustainability Hub

1st February 2022

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) has launched its new Sustainability Hub giving chemical engineers access to a suite of new on-demand training courses and knowledge resources.

The new hub aims to inspire and support the chemical engineering community to make a positive impact on global sustainability by addressing the challenges presented by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

It comes as IChemE marks its centenary, with sustainability the theme for February to recognise the work chemical engineers are doing in this area. The hub has been made possible following a generous £200,000 donation from business leader and IChemE Fellow, Ian Shott, keen to support IChemE in equipping members and chemical engineers across all sectors in industry and academia with the knowledge and skills to build upon sustainable practices.

This hub will also provide resources to show how chemical engineers play a vital role in supporting the SDGs, focussing particularly on:

  • SDG3: Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages
  • SDG6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • SDG7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • SDG12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Resources on sustainability within the hub include peer-reviewed papers and publications by chemical engineers, articles in The Chemical Engineer, videos from the volunteer project team, and newly designed training courses to improve understanding and competency. It will also share stories of how chemical engineers are successfully supporting these SDGs, and sustainability more generally, for example through ethical decision-making.

The on-demand training courses are free to IChemE members throughout 2022. Non-members will also be able to access the courses as part of IChemE’s training portfolio.

Trish Melton, Chair of the Sustainability Hub Technical Advisory Group (TAG), said:

“The Sustainability Hub is an exciting new resource for IChemE members. This will become the go-to resource for chemical engineers at all levels for sustainability training and knowledge. The hub will also help chemical engineers embed sustainable practices into their day-to-day work.

“The Sustainability Hub is an important achievement as part of IChemE’s commitment to responsible production and sustainability within Strategy 2024. We are hugely grateful to Ian Shott for his donation enabling the development of this new resource and this couldn’t have become a reality without the dedicated volunteer project team and IChemE employees.”

Ian Shott, also a former IChemE President, added:

“I’m thrilled that the Sustainability Hub is live and available to support members and the wider profession to embed sustainable practices and contribute significantly to the sustainable development goals. Ultimately, this is all about making society and the world a better place, and I’m confident that as this year progresses and more knowledge is shared, through a growing network, this hub will become an important aid for chemical engineers and will inspire new innovative solutions.”

The Sustainability Hub was also introduced within the recently aired programme Serving Society, co-produced by ITN Productions Industry News and IChemE. It showcased the leading work that chemical engineers are doing to create responsible processes, production and manufacture.

Throughout 2022, more content and courses, covering topics such as life-cycle analysis, the circular economy, and the role of engineers in achieving net zero, will be launched and added to the hub to support chemical engineers in their professional development and learning.

Join a training course and engage with the suite of knowledge resources at www.icheme.org/sustainability-hub.


IChemE’s Sustainability Hub

Sustainability Hub YouTube playlist

ChemEngEvolution – marking 100 years of IChemE

Serving Society programme

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals


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  

Claire Shepherd, Communications Executive, IChemE  
t: +44 (0) 1788 534457  
e: cshepherd@icheme.org 

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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. 


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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 permitted to award Chartered Chemical Engineer status and Professional Process Safety Engineer registration.