Global Warming and System Safety




global warming, system safety, opportunities


We are currently confronted with the existential challenge of global warning. Because of its nature it is a challenge that confronts the entire globe both in terms of contributing factors and bearing the consequences. In both aspects there is an inevitable balance of responsibilities and consequences. In the former, some national entities are bigger contributors to the problem than others and in a similar manner some global areas suffer relatively more significant negative consequences. Another major challenge has been that of generating a better scientific understanding of the relationships between greenhouse gas emission, global warming, and the resulting environmental consequences. The remaining challenges that follow are how best to prevent or minimise greenhouse gas emissions, how to store them safety and how to mitigate the potential negative consequences. These are now global level responsibilities. At first sight this appears to be a problem restricted to big science, technology, and engineering alone in terms of finding more acceptable forms of energy production, as a counter to our current dependence on fossil fuels and that it might not be an area where system safety can play a prominent part. However, this is not the case, and this paper explores the system safety application possibilities, because all new developments require to be implemented in a safe manner.

Author Biography

Malcolm Jones, Atomic Weapons Establishment

Malcolm Jones, Ph.D., F. Inst. P., C. Phys., C. Eng has previously led the Distinguished Scientists group at Atomic Weaponds Establishment (AWE) and held the positions of Scientific Adviser to AWE’s Chief Scientist and to AWE’s Chief of Warhead Design, and currently supports AWE’s Chief of Product Assurance. His career at AWE has taken him through a wide range of scientific and engineering topics, but he has maintained a continuous association with nuclear weapon design and process safety and top-level nuclear safety standards. His interests extend to corporate safety cultures and the root cause reasons for failures. He is a Fellow of the International System Safety Society, is a past winner of its Professional Development Award and is an adviser to a number of senior UK Ministry of Defence and AWE safety bodies. He has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for contributions to the UK defence industry and is a recipient of the John Challens’ Medal, which is AWE’s highest award for lifetime contributions to Science, Engineering and Technology. He has also been honoured by VNIIA in the RF for his work in fostering nuclear weapon safety collaboration between the UK and the RF.

Global Warming and System Safety




How to Cite

Jones, M. (2022). Global Warming and System Safety . Journal of System Safety, 57(3), 35–44.