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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

Annual General Meeting

Engineers for Social Responsibility

Date and Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm Wednesday 15 March 2017

Venue:  Room WS114 in the School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences Building, Auckland University of Technology, 34 St Paul St, Auckland.

The agenda will include the presentation of annual reports, and the election of officers for the 2017 year.  Nominations will be called for the positions of President, Secretary, Treasurer and Committee members.

After the conclusion of the AGM, there will be lecture by Steve Goldthorpe on recent developments in carbon capture and storage.

An update on CCS in the context of the Paris Agreement

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is perceived by some to be aimed at protecting the declining fossil fuel industries.  However, for many countries with escalating electricity demand, striving to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, as promised in Paris, CCS on coal fired power generation presents a least-cost way of balancing conflicting objectives.  Steve Goldthorpe will present the current status of CCS technology components, a review of barriers to the widespread uptake of CCS and a view of the way forward for this 40 year old concept.   More


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