Sustainability

“We need to make the Earth a better place for everyone. There are no exceptions, it concerns everyone.”

Investing in the green transition

A successful green transition requires concerted efforts by all levels of society. It requires a mix of policies, long-term provisions and investments – and political will to capitaliseon best practices and make use of existing technologies. At least half of the global workforce – the equivalent of 1.5 billion is affected by the transition to a greeener economy. ANE works to establish cooperation across sectors and a multidiscplinary dialogue to make sure that no one is left behind the transition to a low-carbon economy.
The Nordic countries are among the best in the world when it comes to national energy systems and innovative approaches to the green transition. This is due to a strong focus on innovation, technology and skills in private businesses and research institutions, as well as due to solid public/private financing models. ANE strives for sharing Nordic engineers’ knowhow both in the EU and globally to overcome climate change challenges. Green transition is a solidarity project, helping each other to speed up the transition towards a more sustainable world of living and acting.

Coordinating efforts on Circular Economy

As an organisation of trade unions, representing the profession of engineers, who are the holders of a specific knowhow we feel morally obliged to contribute to the green transition. Engineers have hands on experience, when it comes to develop new business models and finding solutions to ensure the products are desinged for circularity and promote right to repair and re-use of resources. ANE member organisations have committed to coordinate efforts to eliminate the linear economy and the “use and throw away” culture. The aim of our dedicated Circular Economy Working Group is:

  • Provide a platfrom for circular economy experts in ANE member organisation to exchange best practices and align input to the policy processes at Nordic and EU level.
  • Promote the Nordic knowhow and map good practices.
  • Conduct outreach events and mobilise multidisciplinary stakeholders in a debate on circular economy.
  • Develop policy papers based on technological solutions to advance the transition towards circular economy.

Publications

Towards a Circular Economy – Skills and competences for STEM professionals

The benefits of transitioning to a circular economy outweigh the disadvantages, but it requires a political commitment and the right business mindset. It also requires prioritisation and investment in innovation, the utilisation of new technological solutions, and the right set of skills and competences.

This report provides an overview of the future need for STEM and engineering skills in the transition to and during a circular economy.

The report also introduces a Circular Economy Competence framework with the recommendation to implement the framework across all STEM educations in the Nordic countries.

Sustainable Limitless Work – Challenges, Opportunities and Future Scenarios

Work-life has changed, and engineers equipped with smartphones and computers can work practically anywhere and at any time. But how limitless can managers and employees be while maintaining health and wellbeing?

This report outlines a direction of travel with recommendations on how limitless work through regulation can address the risk of negative impacts, become more sustainable, and build on the positive opportunities that limitless work also offers.

Letters to the Ministers in the Nordic countries

Letter to the Ministers in charge of industry in the Nordic countries

Investing in green transition, strengthening the Nordic ties and establishing a multi-stakeholder Green Transition Forum, are some of the ideas proposed in our input to the Nordic Recovery strategy to be developed in the coming months by Nordic governments.

Letter to the Research Ministers in the Nordic countries

If we want to buckle down to green transition, we better prioritise innovation and R&D. In our letter we pinpointed the areas of promising potential in our region, such as AI, 5G, Power2X, carbon capture and storage, renewable battery technology and Hydrogen Breakthrough Ironmaking Technology, which must benefit from investments to boost R&D activities!

Engineering the future in Sierra Leone – SDG capacity building

Work-life management

The work-life management is challenged by the frantic pace, digital transformation, political instabilities and the new occupational health risks related to stress. Therefore, the psychological work environment needs to be upgraded, both perception wise, and in terms of empirical evidence and politically. For ANE, creating sustainable working life for engineers, which includes awareness raising and lobbying for strong policy instruments is identified as a pressing matter. Following a survey in the ANE engineering organisations and the establishment of a targeted working group on the effects of limitless work, the report “Sustainable Limitless Work – Challenges, Opportunities and Future Scenarios” was published in September 2021.

European Clean Hydrogen Alliance

ANE is a member of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance. The purpose of the alliance is to promote the deployment of renewable and low-carbon emission technologies.