Material Resource Management

Topic Sustainability

Online | Face-to-face


This course aims to help individuals and organisations understand how to implement better resource management and reduce waste.

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

Your trainer

Amanda Burton is a Circular Engineering Design professional with well-developed analytical, communication and project management skills developed in industry, the community sector and academia. In her previous role on the INdIGO Interreg project at the University of Plymouth, she led research and implementation of circular design for materials in the fishing industry, working with recyclers, harbour authorities, fishers and the public to address Marine Plastic Pollution. As Director of Engineering at the Totnes Renewable Energy Society, she delivered an award-winning solar PV project for housing association properties, and previously worked in the oil industry with responsibility for critical refinery equipment.

She developed her knowledge and networks in the Circular Economy through the Ellen MacArthur Foundation ‘From Linear to Circular’ selective programme, becoming a CE Pioneer in 2020-2021.Amanda is a Senior Consultant at Resource Futures with responsibility for Circular Engineering Design support and Research and Innovation within the Circular Economy workstream. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Plymouth, collaborating on world-leading research in marine plastics, LCA and circular materials. She is a member of The Design Society, contributes to international fora as an expert in the field of marine plastic waste and circular engineering design.

Upcoming courses

This course will be launched in 2024. It will be delivered face-to-face in the UK and online.

Register your interest now. 

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

An e-certificate will be issued at the end of the course to confirm attendance and 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.

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