Climate Change, Contemporary Society and Engineering Practice: A Sustainability Journey

By Abdallah M. Hasna.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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Climate change, Contemporary Society and engineers share an indivisible pathway towards sustainability through the means of technology. Climate change and sustainability are now new domains that require a better understanding by engineers. Ten years ago sustainability was a development for the future however the absence of climate certainty in contemporary society has raised sustainability awareness to the forefront of societal debate. While sustainability in theory is defined as the capacity to maintain a certain process or state indefinitely. However the literal meaning of “indefinitely” in sustainability definition poses a set of intriguing questions, is indefinite human survival a plausible proposition in a finite world. For this reason efforts in the fight against climate change are becoming a global effort, since it requires global cooperation and greater scientific consensus to reduce carbon emissions and consequently the planet’s energy footprint. We recognize that Sustainability ought to be economically viable, ecologically sound and sensitive; socially responsible and culturally appropriate. Surrounded by this realm of thinking all these mentioned definitions are equal measures that fail to address the importance of “technology” as a subject in the climate change and sustainability debate. Since this generation had inherited the historical legacy of nonrenewable energy technologies. The term “technology” in this context implies any technical system that can result in and/or be well described in terms of a process by which humans modify nature to meet their needs and wants. This paper seeks to investigate the underlying philosophical frames and the nature of the issues of sustainability present to engineers. It explores the notion of “Sustainability” and “technology “in engineering practice. Further, we argue that in order to establish a clear, measurable, actionable, and universally accessible working definition of sustainable engineering practices. climate change and technology life cycle need to be inclusive to sustainability.

Keywords: Climate Change, Applied Sciences, Technology, Energy Efficiency

The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.139-150. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.964MB).

Abdallah M. Hasna

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health, The University of Southern Queensland, Gladstone, Queensland, Australia

A.M. Hasna was awarded a PhD in Manufacturing Engineering from Swinburne University of Technology in 2002, Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Deakin University, Graduate Certificate in Management, Swinburne University of Technology, and Bachelor of Engineering Chemical RMIT University. He has experience in process engineering, held senior positions in the chemical and process industry, mainly waste water treatment, water flocculation systems in the mining industry, plantation timber molding, fuel cell power generation for air independent propulsion, and sacrificial corrosion protection for the green river project, paperboard manufacturing, and developed a microwave corrugator with Visy Industries. Previously a senior lecturer Department of Sustainability, Central Queensland University,


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