Motivation

Motivation

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We desperately need - and are running out of time - to learn how to shift direction toward safety for ourselves, our descendants and the other species that are our only known companions in the universe. 
                        
Robert Engleman 
State of the World 2013


Emergence of Transition Engineering

Emergence of Transition Engineering

Details  Every time a new problem, challenge or opportunity arises, a new field of engineering emerges to provide solutions, manage the risks and deliver the benefits. Engineering provides benefits by applying sciences, mathematics and arts of analysis and creative problem solving.
Signs of Change

Signs of Change

Details  Business as Usual is no longer an option. But there is hope to be found in accepting this and getting to work on making the transition to the possible.

GATE Mission

The mission of Transition Engineers is to create innovations that disrupt the business as usual course, effectively manage the risks of un-sustainable resource use and destructive environmental impacts by carrying out shift projects for existing engineered systems and existing businesses and organizations. Shift projects achieve the COP21 Paris Agreement requirement of 80% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Global Association for Transition Engineering will provide a membership and support network, a platform for carrying out research, teaching and certification and a forum for communicating successful projects that rapidly reduce fossil fuel use and manage restricted production of these valuable resources over the long term.


UK registered charity number 1166048 - THE GLOBAL ASSOCIATION FOR TRANSITION ENGINEERING 

GATE Founding Documents

Transition Engineering Foundation Concepts

Engineers work directly for private good, but also have a social responsibility. Just over 100 years ago the relatively new fields of industrial and civil engineering made a major evolutionary leap when safety engineering was born out of human response of 62 engineers to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Disaster. Transition Engineering applies the same concepts that guide the practice of safety engineering to the project of energy and material transition.

  • Prevent what is preventable 
  • Be honest with employers and the public about the problems and the possible solutions
  • Professional engineering work must be based on knowledge and experience

A paper published in 2013 presents the foundation concepts for TE. DOWNLOAD

 

History of GATE

History of GATE

Details  The story of Transition Engineering is a convergence of professional engineers seeking more impactful approaches to sustainability, and academics searching for a methodology that deals with the complexity of change to address un-sustainability risks and issues. Transition Engineering developed through research in New Zealand in the 2000's. The concept was set out in the IET Prestige Lecture series in 2010. The idea of setting up a professional organization was explored, and the path to the GATE opened in 2014. The GATE gained legal status in 2016 and elected the first members in 2017.
Who we are

Who we are

Details  The Global Association for Transition Engineering is a professional membership organization which sets out to support and ensure the expertise of professional practitioners of Transition Engineering, and to develop and promote the practice and implementation of Transition Engineering.  
The work of changing existing systems is challenging. The mission of quantifying and shifting currently unsustainable practices, activities and economics is daunting. Thus, GATE exists firstly to support those professional engineers who are doing this work, and secondly to promote the methods and ideas they are developing.
What we do

What we do

Details  Like any engineering discipline, we apply science and engineering practice to achieve benefits. We work on wicked problems of unsustainable energy and materials use and environmental impacts. We use methodologies that have been developed through action research over the past 15 years. The interdisciplinary transition innovation, management and engineering (InTIME) methodology can be employed by an experienced GATE Member.Tags    InTIME   
Scholars

Scholars

Details  Transition Engineering has emerged out of research into different areas of energy, society, transport, buildings and sustainability. Some very special people have taken years out of their lives to boldly go where no-one has gone before, and to push their creativity to the absolute limits by taking on the truly heretical question of how do we engineer the future that society wants rather than the one we are heading for.Link  www.aemslab.org.nz/Tags    Research