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ChE in Context: Chemical Engineers Tackle Climate Solutions

The ChE in Context

Mark Twain said, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” Changing the weather was clearly a futile goal to him, but that was then, and this is now. Chemical engineers are taking action to change it for the better from within their companies and through AIChE.

Today, there is scientific consensus that climate is changing in adverse ways influenced by humans (1–3), and that humans can reduce these adverse climate effects by limiting and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Many energy companies have set corporate policies to reduce CO2 emissions to “net zero” by 2050.

AIChE developed its current climate change policy ( through an extensive effort among AIChE members to question, probe, and critique the current understanding of climate science; this effort was organized by the Public Affairs and Information Committee (PAIC) at the request of the Board of Directors. The policy is action-oriented and summarized by its lead statement, “Our community is committed to playing a leadership role in offering solutions to climate change through systems and other approaches that will create resilient and sustainable processes, products, and facilities.”...

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