Engineering in the climate emergency


How can technology work towards a just transition? A joint discussion with the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Royal Academy of Engineering.

About this Event

Reaching net-zero carbon emissions will mean a managed transformation of society. Depending on how they are used, zero-emission technologies, economics and behaviours could worsen or improve poverty, accessibility, health, and community life. In this evening discussion, we are bringing together expert engineers with perspectives from policymaking and social science to discuss questions like:

Can we rely on technology to fix the climate?

How can science and engineering work with politics and society to create a just transition to net-zero – a transition which provides solutions to other challenges communities face?

And are we kidding ourselves about how big a challenge we face to decarbonise the economy?

Chaired by Professor Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE, President, Royal Academy of Engineering. The panel discussion includes Professor Becky Lunn MBE FREng FICE FRSE, Dr Leslie Mabon and Ragne Low.

Join us live on Thursday 13 May from 17:30 for a crucial conversation ahead of Glasgow COP26 – about the planet, the people who live on it, and the technologies that shape it.


The Royal Society Of Edinburgh



Date & Time

May 13, 2021, 11:30 a.m. - May 13, 2021, 12:30 p.m.



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