Resource Futures Projects Overview

We have expertise in designing and implementing systems to source, process, use and reuse resources, materials and waste in a sustainable way.

Our work supports the mainstream adoption of sustainability concepts and the integration of sustainability principles into standard practices. Both the technical and human dimensions of resource usage in production and consumption cycles are considered. Doing so requires an understanding of the complex, multiple aspects of the resource lifecycle including:

  • extraction, production and manufacture
  • packaging and waste creation
  • community behaviours and attitudes towards recycling
  • barriers and limitations to improved resource management
  • best practice options for local governments, producers and consumers

We assist organisations to assess their needs and prioritise options on the basis of relative cost, effectiveness and broader sustainability dimensions. This enables them to translate innovative strategies into tangible projects to deliver real change.

Our work in this field includes different facets of resource futures, including:

Mineral Futures Collaboration Cluster
The Institute is the leading organisation for this three year collaboration between CSIRO's Minerals Down Under flagship and five university research teams.

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Waste Not Resource Exchange
This project forms part of the ‘TBL – A model for industrial sustainability in the Duck River Catchment’ and focuses on themes of waste exchange, industrial ecology /symbiosis, resource recovery, waste education and business sustainability for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Camellia and Silverwater business districts.

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The Global Phosphorus Research Initiative The Global Phosphorus Research Initiative was formed by the Institute and the Department of Water and Environmental Studies at Linkoping University, Sweden, to facilitate quality interdisciplinary research on global phosphorus security for future food security.

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