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Natural Resource Use

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Newsweek Green Score
Research | designer assessed
1051 2099
4
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Energy Productivity
Research | designer assessed
959 2145
0
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Water Productivity
Research | designer assessed
948 2018
0
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Waste Productivity
Research | designer assessed
935 1963
0
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Total Water Withdrawals (G4-EN8-a)
Research | community assessed
704 1593
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Municipal Water Withdrawals (G4-EN8-a)
Research | community assessed
518 971
0
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Water Recycled (%) (G4-EN10-b)
Research | community assessed
376 793
0
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Greenhouse Gas Productivity
Research | designer assessed
372 374
3
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Ground Water Withdrawals (G4-EN8-a)
Research | community assessed
367 765
1
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Water Volume Recycled (G4-EN10-a)
Research | community assessed
366 781

0

349 718
3
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Waste Water Used (G4-EN8-a)
Research | community assessed
348 713
0
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Surface Water Withdrawals (G4-EN8-a)
Research | community assessed
341 711
2
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Total water discharge (G4-EN22-a)
Research | community assessed
327 532
0
Green Power Usage
Research | designer assessed
64 64
0
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Deforestation-Free Palm Oil
Research | designer assessed
40 60
0
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Peat-free Palm Oil
Research | designer assessed
40 60
0
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Palm Oil Transparency
Research | designer assessed
40 60
0
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Palm Oil Traceability
Research | designer assessed
40 63
4
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Palm Oil Sourcing Policies
Research | designer assessed
40 61
7
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Palm Oil Total Score
Research | designer assessed
40 75
4
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Publishes Smelters & Refiners
Research | community assessed
38 42
0
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Clean Electricity Plan
Research | designer assessed
16 16
0
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Clean Electricity Policy Advocacy
Research | designer assessed
16 16
0
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Product Energy Efficiency
Research | designer assessed
16 16
0
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Recycled Plastic in Products
Research | designer assessed
16 16
0
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Sustainable Sourcing of Fibers for Paper
Research | designer assessed
16 16
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RSPO Membership
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15 15
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Clean Energy Index
Research | designer assessed
11 21
1
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ETI Membership
Research | designer assessed
9 9
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Intensidad consumo de agua
Research | community assessed
0 0
0
Green Power %
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0 0
+Overview

The concept of "natural resource" is particularly broad and intuitively clear to most people. It could be defined, according to the Merriam Webster dictionary as "something (as a mineral, waterpower source, forest, or kind of animal) that is found in nature and is valuable to humans (as in providing a source of energy, recreation, or scenic beauty". However, it appears far more difficulto to set clear cut boundaries to what is to include in such a definition.

 Natural resources can be classified as follows:

  • Non renewable and non recyclable resources such as fossil fuels
  • Non renewable but recyclable resources, such as minerals
  • Quickly renewable resources such as fish
  • Slowly renewable resources such as forests
  • Environmental resources, such as air, water and soil
  • Flow resources, such as solar and wind energy
 

The issue of depletion plays an important role in the use of non renewable and renewable natural resources. In the renewable resources depletion occurs when extraction exceeds renewal rate. Environmental services include the sink function which assimilates and recycles waste products from production and consumption. Flow and environmental resources are not depleted and always exist.

However, environmental resources can be degraded by pollution, and rendered useless.

(Source: Sustainable Resource Use and Sustainable Development: A Contradiction?)