This in-depth guide provides an overview of how to ensure materials, energy and water are used more efficiently while minimising business waste.

Introduction

In recent years, more and more businesses have begun to consider the effect of their activities on the environment, with the result that resource efficiency – namely using materials, energy and water more efficiently and minimising waste – is now a key priority for many organisations.

Indeed, the inefficient use of raw materials, resources and energy – and the production of unnecessary waste by industry and commerce – are now widely accepted to be hugely damaging for the environment, society and businesses alike. For instance, energy use by buildings, production processes and transport activities – and the disposal of waste in landfill sites – produces harmful greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane, while the extraction, production and use of natural materials for use in products and processes depletes scarce and valuable resources.

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