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Engineers for Social Responsibility Inc. is an independent group of engineers who consider that being knowledgeable in the field of technology means that they also have a special obligation to the public at large. This includes raising the awareness of the engineering profession to the consequences of its activities and explaining and discussing the ramifications of developments in engineering and engineering works to the public. In these days of greater accountability, the professional can no longer hide behind a mask of “professionalism”.

Coming Events

The Rising Challenge for Coastal Areas

Engineers for Social Responsibility, Auckland

Date and Time: 6.00pm Wednesday 17 August 2016

Speaker:  Dr Rob Bell, Principal Scientist - Coastal and Estuarine Physical Processes, NIWA.

Venue:  Room 3.408, School of Engineering, University of Auckland, 20 Symonds St, Auckland

Coastal areas face one of the largest conundrums in relation to adapting to climate change.  This arises primarily from an ongoing increase in sea level that will continue for several centuries.  More


Hot News

July Newsletter
Our July 2016 ESR Newsletter is now on line as a PDF file on the Activities > Newsletters page.

Tamaki Campus
Tony Watkins provides a thought-provoking consideration of the buildings of the University of Auckland Tamaki Campus, their ecological value and their sustainability in the light of the threat to demolish them.  More ...

ESR Submission on Improvements to the ETS
ESR has lodged a submission to the Government on improvements required to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to make it effective.  See the details on the Submissions page of this website.

ESR Submission on TPPA
ESR has lodged a submission to the Government on aspects of the TPPA.  See the details on the Submissions page of this website.

New Paper added to Climate Change Section

A further Paper has been added to the Climate Change Papers section of this website;  It is:
   17 Climate Change and Sea-level Rise

ESR Letter to Engineering Insight Magazine

The Featured Letter on page 3 of Engineering Insight September/October 2015 Volume 16/5 published by IPENZ is included on the Submissions page of this website.

Professional Engineers and Climate Change

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity. The negative effects particularly affect developing countries and are only beginning to be felt. They will increase greatly over coming decades unless we all accept our responsibilities and substantially reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.  More...


Four New Papers added to Climate Change Section
Three new Papers have been added to the Climate Change Papers section of this website.  They are:
   13 Climate Change - New Zealand and International Response.
   14 Climate Change Mitigation - rapid change needed to restrict global warming to below 2oC.
   15 Climate Change - The Physical Science Basis
   16 Social Impacts of Climate Change

ESR's Submission in response to the MfE Climate Change Paper
ESR has presented its submission in response to the discussion paper published by the Ministry for the Environment.  This submission can be found on the Submissions page of this website.

Auckland's Transport System for a Fast-changing World

Ross Rutherford gave his personal perspective on the planning and development of Auckland’s transport system to better equip Auckland to be a successful 21st century world city.  He identified changes needed in current thinking, planning and funding to meet present and future challenges.  These include making better use of the existing transport network, and better preparing Auckland for a future where fossil fuels prices reflect carbon emissions and sustainability is once again a prime objective.  A PDF version of Ross' PowerPoint file can be found on the Members' Papers page.


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