The availability of affordable resources is essential to the productivity and running of a country. All sectors of a country, whether state, business or other, depend heavily on reliable resources and the services they facilitate. Whether using water, energy, food, transport or waste, doing more with less translates into increased capacity for production and consumption and enhances long-term sustainability. By using and reusing resources efficiently and intelligently, resources are freed up for other uses. In the future, ensuring stable access to resources will prove more difficult. Global trends warn of drastic changes unfolding. Population growth, urbanisation and improvements in living standards place a strain on resources as demand for goods and services increases. The negative impact of climate change and the degradation of life-supporting ecosystems add more uncertainty to resource availability and it does so in unpredictable ways. This uncertainty is made worse by greater gl...

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