Material Resource Management and the Circular Economy

Topic Sustainability

Online | Face-to-face | In-company


This course will help you understand how to better manage your material resources and reduce waste, making strides towards a circular economy within your organisation.

A key aspect of how a business becomes more sustainable is the way it manages its resources. Process, production and chemical engineers play a critical role in designing material flows that support circularity within organisations and beyond.

Developing an understanding of material flows both internally, and in upstream and downstream supply networks, will unlock opportunities for cleaner production, lower costs, improved raw material security, and result in innovation and new business models.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will gain an intermediate-level understanding of:

  • defining ‘waste’ across disciplines and scales
  • why resource management is important and how it contributes to sustainability
  • capturing value – opportunities now and as future policies come into play
  • engineering design approaches to developing resource management
  • how to manage resources well, the tools available to help, and how to determine the right ones for your organisation.

Who will benefit

  • Chemical and process engineers
  • Researchers
  • Professionals from all production sectors who are working towards effective resource management and reduction of waste, both in developing strategies and in implementation

Course outline

  • Introduction to resource management in chemical engineering
  • Evolution of waste/resource management
  • Capturing value – moving from waste to resource
  • Designing out waste – one of the three pillars of a circular economy
  • Where are we now, where are we going and how are we getting there?
  • Course review and key learning points

Upcoming courses



  • 9–10 October 2024, London, UK 

Not available then? Register your interest in alternative dates.


  • IChemE member – £1,275 + VAT
  • Non-member – £1,500 + VAT

How to register

Select your preferred course from the list of upcoming start dates and go to the 'Book course' button at the bottom of the page.

More than one person to train?

Multi-place discounts

Discounts are available to companies booking more than one place. Bookings must be made at the same time to receive the discount.

  • 2 places – 10% discount
  • 3 places –15% discount
  • 4 or more places – 20% discount

In-company training

This course can be delivered to corporate teams, either on-site or online. This could be a cost-effective option if you have several people requiring the training. Content can be tailored to your specific requirements. Request a quotation.

Attendance certificate & CPD hours

Attendees will be invited to participate in an end of course assessment. If completed successfully, you will receive an IChemE Introduction to Sustainable Process Engineering pass certificate. This will also confirm CPD hours logged. Please note that you must attend all modules to receive the certificate. 

CPD hours should be used as an approximate guide and will vary depending on the preferred approach of the delegate and to what extent additional learning is completed.

Associated courses

Centred around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, our new suite of sustainable process engineering courses will further your knowledge and understanding of how chemical and process engineers can have an impact on sustainability, and will help you to start applying more sustainable practices in your work.

From responsible measurement and reporting, to opportunities to capture value through resource management and how leaders can embed a sustainability-first approach in an organisation, these introductory, intermediate and leadership courses have grown out of our market research around what training employers want. 

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