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Unit: Working sustainably

Section: Resources used at work

MSAENV272B: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Competencies covered

MSAENV272B: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


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A resource is any material or energy source that goes into producing an item or achieving some other outcome.

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Every business uses resources, and businesses involved in manufacturing use more than most.

This is because the process of making a product not only consumes natural resources, it also requires energy to power the manufacturing process itself.

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On top of that, there are many other resources needed to carry out the activities that surround the manufacturing process, such as transportation, packaging and cleaning.

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Taking a step further back again, there are thousands of other resources involved in providing the infrastructure that makes the whole process possible, such as the production machinery, the factory that houses the machinery, and all the administrative services that support the operation.

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Completing this section

The assignment for this section is designed to help you identify the types of resources you use and to measure their quantities. Have a look at the assignment now to see what you'll need to do to complete it.

Also in the menu bar are links to the lessons for this section:

  • Making a product

  • Measuring usage levels.

Once you've worked through the lessons, have a go at the Just for fun exercise. This will give you examples of the energy required to produce different materials.

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