Chapter 18

Sustainability

Until this century, engineers designed for an infinite world: water was always available, and waste could be freely discharged. Now we have to work within finite planetary limits. Your job, as an engineer, is to help re-engineer our human civilisation as we transition to genuine sustainability. Engineers are some of the most influential people in making this happen.

Until recently, few if any companies would invest in engineering to improve environmental sustainability without a quantified business case: profitability had to be guaranteed. Now, most leading companies are demanding that their engineers find sustainable solutions, reducing or even eliminating net greenhouse gas emissions, improving energy efficiency, ...

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