Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources

Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources

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Level: AS Levels, A Level, GCSE – Exam Boards: Edexcel, AQA, OCR, WJEC, IB, Eduqas – Economics Revision Notes 


Renewable Resources

  • Resources which can be naturally replenished over time since there is access to a continuous source of clean energy
  • These resources can be used as often as needed and will not run out in the future, making them sustainable
  • Examples: solar energy, wind energy, geothermal and biomass

Non-Renewable Resources

  • Resources which will eventually become depleted and cannot be replenished once run out
  • Continuous consumption of these resources will lead to exhaustion
  • Examples: coal, oil, platinum and gold


Quick Fire Quiz – Knowledge Check

1. Define a ‘Renewable Resource’ (2 marks)

2. Identify three examples of a Renewable Resource (3 marks)

3. Define a ‘Non-Renewable Resource’ (2 marks)

4. Identify three examples of a Non-Renewable Resource (3 marks)


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