Introduction to Sustainable Process Engineering

Topic Sustainability

Online | Face-to-face | In-company


This course will help you to develop a broad understanding of sustainability and its application to the chemical and process industries.

Centred around the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the course covers how they relate to the industries that chemical and process engineers work in. This includes what the issues are, the responsibility of businesses and organisations to take a sustainability-first approach, and how chemical engineers can use their skills to help their business achieve their own goals that will, in turn, contribute to achieving the UN SDGs. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will: 

  • understand the contributions that chemical and process engineers can make to the delivery of sustainability
  • understand how chemical and process engineering principles can contribute to sustainability
  • be aware of the sustainability issues, obligations, and responsibilities of chemical and process engineers
  • have a better understanding of ‘sustainability thinking’.

Who will benefit

  • Chemical and process engineers at any stage of their career seeking to broaden their sustainability knowledge, and its application in the chemical and process industries
  • Others whose activities impact the sustainability performance of their organisation

Previous delegates said

"This course serves as an excellent introduction to sustainability in the field of process engineering. The case study was really well put together and the break out exercises were perfect for getting a break from the slides and also applying the learning to a practical example. There were also some great, eye-opening statistics provided throughout the course."
D Walton, TÜV Rheinland, UK

"My past experience learning about sustainability was dull and boring. I enjoyed seeing a new spin into it with the case study."
M Goncalves, Siemens, UK

Course outline

  • What is sustainability?
  • Sustainability awareness
  • Sustainability pillars
  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Sustainable development
  • Industrial ecology
  • Sustainable chemical engineering
  • Measuring sustainability
  • End of course assessment

Upcoming courses


From 16 July 2024

  • Module 1 – 16 July 2024, 14:00–17:00 BST
  • Module 1 – 17 July 2024, 14:00–17:00 BST


  • 12–13 November 2024, London, UK

Not available then? Register your interest in alternative dates.


  • IChemE member – £1,275 + VAT
  • Non-member – £1,500 + VAT 

How to register

Select your preferred course from the list of upcoming start dates and go to the 'Book course' button at the bottom of the page.

More than one person to train?

Multi-place discounts

Discounts are available to companies booking more than one place. Bookings must be made at the same time to receive the discount.

  • 2 places – 10% discount
  • 3 places –15% discount
  • 4 or more places – 20% discount

In-company training

This course can be delivered to corporate teams, either on-site or online. This could be a cost-effective option if you have several people requiring the training. Content can be tailored to your specific requirements. Request a quotation.

Attendance certificate & CPD hours

Attendees will be invited to participate in an end of course assessment. If completed successfully, you will receive an IChemE Introduction to Sustainable Process Engineering pass certificate. This will also confirm CPD hours logged. Please note that you must attend all modules to receive the certificate. 

CPD hours should be used as an approximate guide and will vary depending on the preferred approach of the delegate and to what extent additional learning is completed.

Associated courses

Centred around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, our new suite of sustainable process engineering courses will further your knowledge and understanding of how chemical and process engineers can have an impact on sustainability, and will help you to start applying more sustainable practices in your work.

From responsible measurement and reporting, to opportunities to capture value through resource management and how leaders can embed a sustainability-first approach in an organisation, these introductory, intermediate and leadership courses have grown out of our market research around what training employers want. 

Other courses:

Associated course

Material Resource Management and the Circular Economy

Understand how to better manage your material resources and reduce waste, making strides towards a circular economy within your organisation.

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