Benefits of GATE Membership

Joining GATE as an Affiliate,  Associate or Member gives you recognition of you professional value in the field of Transition Engineering, it gives you access to the latest learning and networking in this field, and (depending on grade) it gives you discounted access to publications and training. It also gives you the opportunity to help shape the profession and to help to design and deliver real change your own sector or industry to shift the energy, materials and water consumption an unsustainable practice or product.

Belonging to GATE will give you all the benefits of being part of the most important professional endeavour of teh 21st century; to achieve the transition from an unsustainable trajectory towards all sorts of future problems, to a sustainable trajectory towards a future in which society can prosper today knowing that future generations will also be able to prosper, withing foreseeable constraints. 


Associates: being able to call yourself an Associate of GATE demonstrates that you have the necessary qualifications and commitment to make a real contribution to the global endeavour towards a sustainable future.

Members: being able to call yourself a Member of GATE demonstrates that you have the necessary qualifications, and experience, for your professional peers to elect you as a full member of the 


GATE is a learned Society; we are the intellectual home for the discipline of Transition Engineering, and it is our role to "Promote, encourage and undertake the study, invention and research of matters related to Transition Engineering, and to make grants of money or books or otherwise to assist such study, invention and research."

Being a part of GATE will help you to acquire the skills, expertise and experience to support your career as a professional and to enable to to bring about real change towards sustainability, and towards long term prosperity for you, your employer, your clients, and your colleagues, and of course your children and grandchildren.  


GATE is, from the outset, a global professional network of industry and academic professionals. The two co-founders, Professor Susan Krumdieck and Daniel Kenning, are based in New Zealand and in the UK, in Academia and in industry. 
We encourage members to set up local Transition Engineering groups. We are already working with universities and student groups to create a pack of guidelines and support on "Setting up an effective Transition Engineering Student Group". Please contact  for more information. 


GATE is a new discipline, but already there are academic research papers, books and member reports that are useful for members. The online resource will grow as more material is available. See our current document store here. 


GATE offers training for professional practitioners in Transition Engineering, whether they are engineers or peer professionals, to ensure that they have the expertise and practice to implement Transition Engineering in their work. 

Associates and Members receive a discount on the cost of training, but training is open to everyone. 

We can offer 1, 2 and 5 day CPD courses on "Introduction to Transition Engineering". 

We offer in-house and public courses. In-house courses can be arranged to suit your organisation. Public courses are run to suit demand. Please contact by email for more information. 

We plan to add other courses, including "Using Transition Engineering in Environmental and Energy management", we plan to introduce web-based courses, and we are talking to partners about introducing a MOOOC (Massive Open Online Course). Future training will be developed in response to member needs. 

We will post more information on this site as it is available. 


GATE Member's Code of Professional Conduct: 

Members shall:

  1. Acknowledge the need for transition through a change in engineering.
  2. Contribute to building a sustainable society, present and future.
  3. Include the interests of future generations, and their ability to meet their needs, in actions and decisions.
  4. Accept the responsibility to re-design and re-develop un-sustainable engineered systems.
  5. Design for transition, carry out operations, and manage activities in ways that reduce fossil energy consumption in line with current IPCC margin of safety.
  6. Apply professional and responsible judgement and take a leadership role
  7. Serve as an example to others for responsible environmental behaviour;
  8. Prevent avoidable danger to health or safety, risk to both physical and cyber security, and harm to the environment and society.
  9. Maintain and enhance professional competence, undertake only professional tasks for which they are competent, and disclose relevant limitations of competence.
  10. Accept appropriate responsibility for work carried out under their supervision.
  11. Treat all persons fairly and with respect.
  12. Encourage others to advance their learning and competence.
  13. Avoid where possible real or perceived conflict of interest, and advise affected parties when such conflicts arise.
  14. Observe the proper duties of confidentiality owed to appropriate parties.
  15. Reject bribery and all forms of corrupt behaviour, and make positive efforts to ensure others do likewise.

IPCC refers to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Margin of Safety equates to targets in Paris Accord. 

Who are our members?

Our membership is drawn from all engineering disciplines as well as science and management professionals - in the spirit of "thinking differently" we welcome  sustainability champions who bring experience in science, design, environmental management, transport, mining, waste management, pollution control, natural resources and infrastructure, and the creative world. We have professional, industrial and academic members as well as managers, policy-makers, planners, developers and conservation scientists. Transition Engineering is an evolution in the vision and practice of engineering, in much the same way that Safety Engineering was an evolution in manufacturing and buildings 100 years ago. Our main point of difference from the historical practice of sustainability management is that we use an exploratory methodology to create the thinking space for innovation aimed at changing what is unsustainable. 

Close collaboration between professions is vital to the transition to a sustainable future. GATE facilitates dialogue between professionals engaged in the endeavour towards sustainability. As we launch GATE, we are seeking to define exactly how membership can be made valuable for our peer professionals. GATE is aligned with the UK Engineering Council, which means we can make available to Peer Professionals the same benefits as to Engineer Associate members, except that at present we can only award post-nominals to people who are also aligned with teh Engineering Council. We are currently exploring ways to offer a full professional home and development path for non-engineer peer professionals. 

Flipping your mindset is key:

  • Flip your point of view from adding sustainable technologies to an unsustainable system > to changing the unsustainable system
  • Flip your focus from using more renewable energy > to eliminating an energy load
  • Flip your focus from making plastic more recyclable > to eliminating plastic in the product stream
  • Flip your focus from carbon capture and sequestration > to safe shut down and capping of oil and gas wells and coal mines
  • Flip your hope from mega factories making mountains of batteries to transition of commercial buildings > to 80% passive renewable resource utilization
  • Flip your dreams from the isolation of on-line shopping and drone delivery of disposable products made half a world away > to vibrant streets with quality services and goods and a prosperous local social economy 

     GATE Constitution