Introduction to Resource Efficiency and Circular Production for SMEs

Course description


Are you interested to learn more about the benefits that saving resources, such as energy, water or waste, can offer to your company – both in term of saving costs, developing new business opportunities - and enhancing your company’s environmental footprint? If so, you have found the right course to enhance your company’s resource efficiency and to implement circular production practices.
This course introduces you to the basics of the circular economy, explains the concept of “reduce, reuse, recycle” and what it means in a business context. It helps you to assess your own resource consumption, the potential to introduce circular production measures and supports you to develop the business case for specific measures to enhance your company’s resource efficiency and circular production practices. With the learnings from this course, you can formulate your company’s circularity strategy as well as an associated communication plan. Finally, the course will introduce you to the topic of green finance, with the aim to help you identify adequate sources of funding to implement resource efficiency and circular productions measures.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

Provide logical and concise arguments in favour of saving resources and implementing circular production practices;
Evaluate your company’s resource footprint and identify adequate measures to reduce cost and develop new circular business opportunities;
Calculate the business case of different measures and decide how they should be integrated into your company’s circularity strategy and associated communication plan; and
Identify adequate sources of green finance to fund the implementation of selected measures.


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Participants who meet the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion issued in electronic format.


Module 1
Introduction to Resource Efficiency and Circular Production (RECP)
Module 2
What Can Businesses do to Improve RECP?
Module 3
How Can Businesses Implement RECP Measures?
Module 4
Green Finance
Case Study Exercise
Certificate of Achievement
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Course Language
English ‎(en)‎
Next start date
To be announced...
Time required
8 hours over 2 weeks
Course fee
Free of charge
Course access
Open for enrollments
Tutor Information

Ana Patricia Batalhone

Ángela Guirado González

resources recp circular production environmental services sustainability elearning