UK engineering is in danger of failing to cash in on an expected doubling in the global market for environmental equipment and services. The market is expected to be worth £400bn by 2010, according to a new report.
Research by sustainable development charity Forum for the Future backed by 16 companies including Anglian Water, Jaguar Cars and Railtrack, found that UK engineers are largely ignorant of environmental engineering issues.
While most engineers are familiar with the technical attributes of materials and processes, they tend to be poorly informed on their environmental impact, says the report, which was presented to Lord Sainsbury, the trade and industry minister.
Its recommendations include: radical changes in the way engineers are educated and trained; modernisation of the professional bodies and standards; and a step-change in UK corporate culture to take account of both ethics and the environment.
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