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Faculty of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering Inaugurates Committee on Sustainable Development

Mon 11 Jan 2021

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The Faculty of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering (FMCE), KNUST, has inaugurated a Committee on Sustainable Development at a brief ceremony on 21st December 2020 at the Antarctic Board Room at the College of Engineering.

Inaugurating the Committee, the Dean of the Faculty, Professor George Y. Obeng, recounted early work at the United Nations by the Bruntland Commission in the 1980s, which underscored the need for development to take into account the needs of future generations and presented the concept of sustainable development. In the years following, the need for sustainable development has received an increasing and near-unanimous acceptance across the world and has taken on greater urgency in the face of a changing climate.

The Committee has therefore been charged to highlight the Faculty’s contribution to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to, among others, propose initiatives that will make the Faculty’s activities more sustainable, leading to reduced resource consumption and a lowered carbon footprint.

The Vice-Dean of the Faculty, Professor Gabriel Takyi, who also attended the inauguration drew attention to some models of sustainability, which emphasize the Environmental, Social and Economic dimensions of various human activities.

The Chairman of the Committee, Dr. David A. Quansah, thanked the Dean and the Faculty for the confidence reposed in them and gave the assurance that, the members of Committee will put in their best, to accomplish the expectations contained in their Terms of Reference. The membership of the Committee is drawn from all Departments of the Faculty and comprise – Dr. David A. Quansah and Dr. (Mrs.) Eunice Akyereko Adjei (Department of Mechanical Engineering), Dr. (Mrs.) Yongdan Hou Gbologah & Dr. Emmanuel Kwesi Arthur (Department of Materials Engineering), Dr. William Amponsah & Dr. Enoch Bessah (Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering) and Dr. (Mrs) Mizpah Rockson & Dr. Patrick Boakye (Department of Chemical Engineering).