A 2014 report by The Carbon Trust
suggested that resource challenges are intensifying rapidly – for example, there could be a 40% gap between available water supplies and water needs by 2030, and some critical materials could be in short supply as soon as 2016.[needs update]
These challenges could lead to disruptions to supply, growing regulatory requirements, volatile fluctuation of prices, and may ultimately threaten the viability of existing business models
Resource use measurement and identification of hotspots
A key tool in resource efficiency is measuring different aspects of resource use (e.g. carbon footprint
, water footprint
, land footprint
or material use
), then identifying 'hot spots' where the most resources are used or where there are the best opportunities to reduce this resource use. For example, WRAP
has published information on hotspots for 50 grocery products likely to contribute most to the environmental impacts
associated with UK household consumption
WRAP have created a range of tools and guides to help improve business resource efficiency.
Initiatives and programmes
Tomsk Polytechnic University
In October 2012 Tomsk Polytechnic University
(TPU) launched the Development Program of Resource Efficient Technologies for the period 2013–2018.
That program was presented by TPU in 2009 at the Russian federal competition "National Research University". A key point of the program of TPU was announced the formation of high school as a world-class university-based staffing and development of technologies for resource-efficient economy.
TPU developed educational module "Resource Efficiency", prepared and published a textbook "Principals of resource efficiency", optional subject matter of the same name introduced in the curriculum (for all disciplines and areas of undergraduate).
TPU envisages university development in the field of resource-efficient technologies that unites six research and educational clusters:
- Safe Environment
- Non-destructive testing and diagnostics
- Materials for extreme conditions
- Domestic and industrial waste recycling
- Sustainable Energy
- High-temperature superconductivity technologies for energy production
- Nuclear and hydrogen fuel of the new generation
- Hybrid simulation in energy production
- Resource-efficient generation
- Medical Engineering
- Bioengineering materials and technologies
- Radiation technologies in bioengineering
- Electrophysical biomedical complexes
- Planet Resources
- Resource-efficient use of mineral resources
- Clear water
- Green chemistry
- Cognitive Systems and Telecommunications
- Cognitive software and hardware systems
- Wireless telecommunication systems and technologies
- Social Science and Humanities in Engineering
- Social science and humanities component of engineering
- Mechanisms of technical innovations initiation and engineering forethought
Resource Efficient Scotland
Resource Efficient Scotland
is a Scottish government-funded programme that helps businesses and the public and third sectors save money by using resources more efficiently.
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- ^ "Hotspot data for 50 grocery products". Archived from the original on 2013-08-20.
- ^ "Business Resource Efficiency Hub".
- ^ "Welcome to Resource Efficiency - Resource Efficiency". www.UNEP.org. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
- ^ "Resource Efficiency - Environment - European Commission". EC.Europa.eu. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
- ^ "Resource Effisient Technologies Center of Exellence - Home". res-eff.TPU.ru. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
- ^ "Resource Efficient Scotland".
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