Engineering societies join forces to manage carbon emissions

IEEE, ASME among others create website and scorecards for benchmarking carbon management alternatives.


For the past year, leaders of five societies representing more than 1 million engineers and other technical professionals have been meeting to identify steps the country can take toward managing carbon emissions. The multi-discipline effort, funded by United Engineering Foundation [], has developed a website for collaboration and scorecards to assess merits of various technologies, gaps in technology, and barriers to managing carbon emissions.

Group chair Dale L. Keairns said the overall goal of the engineers' effort, is to assure that "engineers, educators, the general public, and policy makers have the best available information, and sound engineering advice and recommendations" for managing greenhouse gases. Keairns said that professional engineering societies have an important role to play because of their balanced, technical approach and their experience disseminating new technical information, be it through traditional conferences and publications, online discussions and training, or Congressional briefings.

The societies participating are IEEE , American Society of Mechanical Engineers , American Institute of Chemical Engineers , and American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers .

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