Definition: Non-renewable resource

Environment

Non-renewable resources, for example minerals, oil, gas and coal are exhaustible natural resources, e.g. their use leads to depletion of the Earth's reserves, which cannot be regenerated after exploitation in human-relevant periods of time.
Source:
Eurostat, The Environmental Goods and Services Sector (2009 Edition), Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 2009
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