The first book on HOW to transition to zero carbon


Since the turn of the 21st Century, the science has been clear; that the build-up of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels is on the way to causing catastrophic change in climate, rising sea level, melting glaciers, and unprecedented severity of storm events. All of the CO2 emissions from fossil fuels are from the energy systems that deliver our food, shelter, water, wellbeing, transport, comforts, conveniences, and entertainments. The only way to transition these energy systems into the low carbon systems of the future is for engineers in every field to do the job of Transition Engineering.


Every time a new challenge arises, a field of engineering emerges to make things work.


Over the past two decades, the fundamentals and methodologies of Transition Engineering have been developed through research and collaborations across a range of disciplines around the world. Now, for the first time, all professional engineers can learn HOW to discover, design and carry out the projects of re-development for re-generation. Policy makers, economists and the general public can also learn HOW to drive the transition. 

The new book, Transition Engineering: Building a Sustainable Future is directly applicable for all professional engineers and business managers, and financial analysts. Academics in any university course, from environmental science to economics and policy, and of course in any engineering program can add elements of the book to their course, or develop a whole Transition Engineering course for a particular subject.  


Transition Engineering; Building a Sustainable Future (2019) CRC Press


The content has been delivered in university courses in Europe and New Zealand. It has also been used in professional development courses, and has been applied to a wide range of situations, including transportation, housing, commercial buildings, products, airlines, agriculture and energy supply. This book now brings the simple yet revolutionary approach to all of the engineering fields. The main features are the way that unsustainability is analysed by analytical treatment of “wicked problems”, and the straight-forward Interdisciplinary Transition Innovation, Management and Engineering (InTIME) methodology.


Author: Professor Susan Krumdieck

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury (Webpage)

Director, Advanced Energy and Material Systems Lab (AEMSLab)