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Resource Efficiency

Course Overview

The EssentialSkillz Resource Efficiency Online Training course outlines how we can make small changes in our daily lives, such as being more resource-efficient and following the waste hierarchy. Resource efficiency means to conserve natural resources, such as fossil fuels and freshwater, by only using what is needed.

The course outlines ways you can use electricity, water and fuel more efficiently and why organisations and individuals should care to take action.

Course Objectives

This training course covers the following:

  • Explains how you can use resources more efficiently at work, at home and when travelling
  • Lists the steps in the waste hierarchy and the circular economy
  • Describes ways to prevent waste for products such as paper, cardboard, plastic and food

Course Content

Global warming and climate change caused by various human activities are harming the environment and our health. But our activities are also having other direct and indirect effects on our planet. Land, air and water pollution are damaging biodiversity and causing diseases and ill health.

Our consumption of natural resources is threatening to outpace supply, leading to water, food and energy shortages, as well as disrupting the fragile ecosystems on which we depend. As organisations and individuals, we need to make changes to preserve our ecosystems and resources, and to reduce our production of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.

The waste hierarchy lists the preferred steps for how to manage waste so that waste can be prevented and diverted from landfills where it emits pollution. Following the waste hierarchy also helps us achieve a circular economy where we make the most of the resources we produce and use, and then recycle them for reuse.

Understanding the importance of waste management and how to achieve a circular economy can help reduce our negative impact and protect the environment from harm. Making changes in our daily lives can lead to better, healthier lives for all living species.