Environmental sustainability

We want the UK to have the engineers needed to design and build an environmentally sustainable society. Through our environmental sustainability strategy, we will inspire more, and more diverse, young people into engineering roles that address environmental sustainability whilst also playing our part measuring and reducing our environmental impact.

This work has 3 objectives:

  • grow our understanding of how to inspire young people into engineering to meet the workforce needs for environmental sustainability
  • inform and inspire young people so that more choose to make a positive impact on the environment through engineering careers
  • operate in an environmentally sustainable way, in our programme delivery and office (reducing resources used, energy, pollution and waste)


We have published an environmental sustainability policy and are committing to:

  • reduce our Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 75%, over the period 2019 to 2030
  • reduce our Scope 3 emissions by at least 40%, over the period 2019 to 2030
  • reduce all emissions by at least 90%, over the period 2019 to 2040


We have analysed current projections for green jobs and associated skills demand, publishing our findings and recommendations for government in the Net zero workforce briefing. We have also explored opinions on the link between environmental sustainability and engineering and show that this correlates with interest in engineering as a future career for young people.

Through Neon, Energy Quest and Tomorrow’s Engineers Week we we highlight the positive impact that engineering can have on the environment and showcase a broad range of green jobs, encouraging young people to think about how a career in engineering could align with their interest in a sustainable future.

We are measuring our carbon footprint, across all elements of our work and introducing new approaches and considerations to help us operate more sustainably.

Find out more about how to use environmental sustainability to inspire young people into engineering and technology in this Tomorrow's Engineers webinar with Mike Hardisty, Head of Environmental Sustainability at EngineeringUK.