Definition - What does Conventional Resources mean?
Conventional resources, also known as non-renewable resources are sources of energy that cannot be renewed or replenished. They include petroleum, coal and natural gas. Fossil fuels are the main sources of conventional energy. These are finite resources that will eventually be exhausted. Though the resources may develop again, it takes millions and billions of years for them to develop naturally.
Petropedia explains Conventional Resources
Conventional resources were formed millions of years ago because of natural climatic changes in the earth’s ecological system wherein organic material in the presence of heat and pressure decayed and became fossil fuels in the earth’s crust. A non-renewable resource is a carbon based organically derived fuel. Some of the resources that fall under the category of non-renewable resources are as follows:
- Minerals and ores found under the earth’s surface.
- Fossil fuels such as coal, petroleum (crude oil) and natural gas deposits.
These fuels when burnt under controlled environment produce extreme amount of heat and energy. Burning non-renewable resources has repercussions such as environmental pollution and health hazards and is one of the prime reasons for global warming. However, technologies are being developed to make use of renewable resources at certain extent so that the overall impact on the society such as carbon emissions, pollution levels, etc., can be brought down.