IRP E-Learning Courses

Resource Efficiency: An E-Learning Course

This e-course was co-developed by the IRP and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). It aims to address what resource efficiency is, how it can be measured, and why it is important for sustainable development. It also provides policy recommendations for promoting Resource Efficiency with practical examples particularly from Asia and the Pacific.

This course is 3 hours in duration and can be accessed for free. It is delivered in English and does not require a strong background in the subject of resource efficiency. Enroll on the course here.



MOOC: A Circular Economy of Metals: Towards a Sustainable Societal Metabolism

This online course is taught by Panel Member Ester van der Voet, Professor at Leiden University. It discusses the consequences of the increasing demand for metals globally and explores options to move towards a more sustainable system of metals production and use, in particular, a circular economy for metals. 

This course is approximately 40-hours in duration and can be accessed for free. Enroll on the course here.



The Resource Revolution Trainer 

Building on the findings of the IRP, the World Resources Forum produced this online self-training on the theme of resource productivity and decoupling at enterprise level. It aims to support business managers to implement strategies to enhance resource productivity throughout the process of development and delivery of products and services. 

This is a self-training course split over six sessions, each containing a video presentation, reading material, and exercises. Enroll on the course here.



Food and Our Future: Sustainable Food Systems in Southeast Asia

This e-course was developed with support by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the IRP, and 10YFP. It explores how natural resources are currently used to take the food we eat from the field or ocean to our plates, and how a food systems approach can help in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. 

This course is 20 hours in duration and can be accessed for free. It is suitable for anyone with an interest in food, sustainable production and consumption, natural resources, or environmental sustainability. Enroll on the course here.



Circular Economy: An Introduction

This course was developed by TU Delft and co-created with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability. IRP Panel Member Ester van der Voet is one of the instructors. It explores the Circular Economy: how businesses can create value by reusing and recycling products, how designers can come up with amazingly clever solutions, and how people can contribute to make the Circular Economy happen.

This course is betweem 20 to 40 hours duration and is free to start. It is suitable for anyone with an interest in circular economy, business and management. Enroll on the course here.