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Archive of: 2022

IMechE - Hydrogen production from biomass and waste gets £5m government boost 

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22 January 2022

Biomass and waste could be a valuable source of hydrogen, the government has said, as it launched a programme to maximise that potential.

RAeS - The Aeronautical Journal – 125 years not out 

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21 January 2022

The oldest aviation publication in continuous publication, the RAeS Aeronautical Journal celebrates its 125th anniversary this month. WAYNE J DAVIS FRAeS describes the story of the publication that has featured papers and articles from many of the key innovators and creators from the history of international aviation.

ICE - The 'secret sauce' causing a stir in construction 

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20 January 2022

A new low-emission concrete, with the potential to transform the global construction sector, recently made its commercial debut at a former train depot site in Manchester.

University of Glasgow - Turbocharged data analysis could prevent gravitational wave computing crunch 

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18 January 2022

A new method of analysing the complex data from massive astronomical events could help gravitational wave astronomers avoid a looming computational crunch.

Energy Institute - International energy week - 22-24 Feb 

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16 January 2022

Convened by the Energy Institute’s sector experts, International Energy Week is the global conference for a new energy era.

Scottish Engineering appoints first female president 

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15 January 2022

Scottish Engineering has appointed its first female president in more than 150 years.

Aine Finlayson, who is director of manufacturing at temporary power giant Aggreko, will hold the title for the next two years.

University of Edinburgh - Build has commenced on new £25M low-carbon innovation centre 

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13 January 2022

The £25M inward investment – by Danish family-owned multinational Danfoss – will be home to Danfoss Editron, which will advance electric and hybrid powertrain systems for heavy-duty vehicles to reduce energy consumption in hydraulic machines radically.

IET - Half of new engineering recruits lack the right skills 

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13 January 2022

Less than half of new engineering recruits have either the necessary technical or soft skills needed for work within the industry, a new Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) skills survey reveals, prompting fears ‘the UK skills crisis will keep growing unless government and industry take action’.

ICE - How building houses on flood plains could be the ‘best choice’ 

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10 January 2022

A recent Guardian article about housing being planned in areas at risk of flooding may raise eyebrows – but an ICE expert explains how it might not be the harebrained scheme it first appears.

ICE - ICE recommendations on Integrated Rail Plan reinforced by peers in Lords debate 

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08 January 2022

Rounding up the latest policy and political engagement activities from ICE.

BSA - The Highlands and Islands Climate Change Community Grant 

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08 January 2022

The British Science Association (BSA) has launched its latest funding programme – The Highlands and Islands Climate Change Community Grant

HES - first dedicated climate change adaptation plan launched 

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07 January 2022

Historic Environment Scotland has launched its new climate adaptation plan. ‘Climate ready HES’ sets out a series of actions that HES will undertake in order to prepare for, and review the risks and impacts associated with climate change, as Scotland experiences more extremities in weather and continues to move towards net zero.

The plan is a flagship deliverable of HES’s ambitious Climate Action Plan (2020-2025) and operates alongside other key climate action commitments, such as HES’ ambitions to achieve net-zero emissions by 2045.

Accelerating climate change is already posing a threat to Scotland’s historic environment and cultural heritage sites. Changes to the climate are increasing the frequency and intensity of physical climate risks, illustrated by the flash-flooding across Edinburgh in July 2021, which was the result of unprecedented heavy rainfall and directly impacted Edinburgh Castle.

In developing the plan, HES established a cross-organisational group to carry out a strategic level climate risk assessment which identified key climate risks where the organisation believes further action is required. The approach taken to carry out this assessment was informed by tools and guidance developed by Adaptation Scotland and its partners.

This new adaptation plan details HES’s primary adaptation response to the climate risks of concern identified. This is a series of priority actions including committing appropriate resources to climate change adaptation, mainstreaming ‘adaptation’ action into HES plans and policies, and integrating climate risk assessments into all relevant decisions the organisation takes.

These priority actions are crucial to reduce the impact of physical climate risks where possible, like extreme weather events and spread of invasive species, and to address additional risks that the organisation will be exposed to as society responds to the climate crisis and transitions towards a low-carbon economy.

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