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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

Chasing Ice - DVD

Engineers for Social Responsibility, Auckland

Date and Time: 6.00pm Wednesday 20 July 2016

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

Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog was once a sceptic about climate change.  But through his Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), he discovered undeniable evidence of our changing planet.  For his 2012 documentary film Chasing Ice, Balog deployed revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.  More


Engineers Without Borders NZ

Annual Conference - Elevate 2016

Date and Time: Saturday, 23 July 2016, from 8.30am

Venue: The Undercroft at University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand

Join Engineers Without Borders New Zealand for a day packed with thought provoking speakers, innovative solutions and engaging debate.

Go to their website at  for further details.


Hot News

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.

Submission to Government

on the draft Government Policy Statement

on land transport 2015/16 to 2024/25

Parts of the Engagement Draft read like a document that sets out policies for the coming 10 years while looking in the rear view mirror. Road investment is promoted. The primary response to severe congestion is to manage roads more efficiently, and to invest in removing bottlenecks and building new roads - very reflective of the 20th centuryThis Paper can be found on the Submissions page of this website.

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