Natural Resource Use

Natural Resource Use

Metrics

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Newsweek Green Score
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1051 Companies
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Energy Productivity
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959 Companies
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Water Productivity
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948 Companies
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Waste Productivity
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935 Companies
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Total Water Withdrawals (G4-EN8-a)
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669 Companies
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Municipal Water Withdrawals (G4-EN8-a)
Research | community assessed
484 Companies
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Greenhouse Gas Productivity
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372 Companies
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Water Recycled (%) (G4-EN10-b)
Research | community assessed
349 Companies
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Water Volume Recycled (G4-EN10-a)
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337 Companies
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Ground Water Withdrawals (G4-EN8-a)
Research | community assessed
321 Companies
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Total water discharge (G4-EN22-a)
Research | community assessed
321 Companies
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Waste Water Used (G4-EN8-a)
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307 Companies
304 Companies
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Surface Water Withdrawals (G4-EN8-a)
Research | community assessed
294 Companies
Green Power Usage
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64 Companies
Union of Concerned Scientists+Image
Deforestation-Free Palm Oil
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40 Companies
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Peat-free Palm Oil
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40 Companies
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Palm Oil Transparency
Research | designer assessed
40 Companies
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Palm Oil Traceability
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40 Companies
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Palm Oil Sourcing Policies
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40 Companies
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Palm Oil Total Score
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40 Companies
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Publishes Smelters & Refiners
Research | community assessed
38 Companies
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Clean Electricity Plan
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16 Companies
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Clean Electricity Policy Advocacy
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16 Companies
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Product Energy Efficiency
Research | designer assessed
16 Companies
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Recycled Plastic in Products
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16 Companies
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Sustainable Sourcing of Fibers for Paper
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16 Companies
RSPO+image
RSPO Membership
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15 Companies
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Clean Energy Index
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11 Companies
Ethical Trading Initiative+image
Full ETI Members
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9 Companies
Intensidad consumo de agua
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0 Companies
Green Power %
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0 Companies
+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?)