By Chris Hamlin, a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

"I’m sure all of us have wondered what the world will look like in the future. Of course, as chemical engineers we aim for a more sustainable way of manufacturing the products and services we need to lead healthy, fulfilling and meaningful lives. But we need to ask ourselves how we get there from today, and what role we, as engineers, should play in helping to get us there.

"Chemical engineers play a pivotal role in how we live. We work across many industries, right across the globe, linking sectors together, giving us the knowledge to be able to lead and influence change.

"Sustainability is the goal for all of us. As you may know, the UN has identified 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to help the world transition towards economic, social and environmental sustainability. The UK’s ambition to reach net-zero by 2050 fits within this framework, but it’s vital to recognise that each of these SDGs impacts the others and we cannot address any of them in isolation."

Read the full blog on the EngineeringUK website.

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