What is resource efficiency? How can we measure it? And why is it important for sustainable development?

If you are curious about the answers to these questions then a new e-learning course might be of interest to you.

The course was developed to raise awareness of resource efficiency among policymakers and sustainable development practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region.

Resource efficiency entails the ability to create more goods, economic services, wealth, and ultimately human well-being with less input of natural resources. But why is resource efficiency important for Asia and the Pacific?

Did you know that, on average, the Asia-Pacific requires almost double the material resources per $US of economic output than the world average, making it one of the most resource inefficient regions of the world? This comes at great environmental and economic costs as material, energy, water, and land resources become ever scarcer and whose exploitation and misuse contributes greatly to climate change, land degradation, and other environmental catastrophes.

However, this does not need to be the case. By understanding the principles of resource efficiency and how to measure and monitor it, there are a host of economic, social and environmental gains to be made.

Structured into two Modules, this course will build your understanding of:

  •  What Resource Efficiency is about and how to measure it ?
  •  Why Resource Efficiency is important for sustainable development ?
  •  What polices can enable a transition to a Resource Efficient Asia-Pacific, with practical examples from the region ?

Finally, the course concludes with a short quiz and those successfully completing the quiz will be awarded a certificate free of cost. The course itself is free, delivered in English, and does not require a considerable investment of time or a strong background in the subject as the material is overview and conveniently concise and condensed.

A facilitated session of the course will run from 5-25 August 2019.

The session is envisioned to be 3 weeks long with the first week covering Module 1, the second covering Module 2, and the third acting as a wrap-up/catch-up period. In the session, participants can engage with additional material, targeted questions, and optional exercises in addition to interacting with their peers.  

The session will be conducted via a on the SDG Community of Practice. In order to follow the session, participants will have to enrol in both the course and join the Resource Efficiency group on the SDG Community of Practice. 

Course enrolment link: https://sdghelpdesk-elearning.unescap.org/thematicarea/detail?id=15

Resource Efficiency group link: https://sdg-cop.unescap.org/groups/1301198