Published: 16 November 2017

Mining and quarrying boosted the material flow

In 2016, altogether 317 million tonnes of materials were extracted from the soil and vegetation of Finland, which is 34 million tonnes more than in 2015. The growth in the material flow was based on the increased excavation volume in mining and quarrying and growth in unused extraction. The use of domestic direct inputs remained almost at the same level as in 2015. In addition, some 57 million tonnes of products and raw materials were imported to Finland in 2016, which generated an estimated 211 million tonnes of hidden flows for the production countries. All in all, the Finnish total material requirement was 585 million tonnes in 2016, which was 8.5 per cent more than in the previous year.

Total material requirement by material group in 1970 to 2016

Total material requirement by material group in 1970 to 2016

In the 2000s, the decrease in the material intensity of Finland's economy has slowed down, which means that material productivity is growing more slowly than in previous decades. In the 2000s, around 1.2 kg of direct inputs has been required to produce one euro, while in the 1970s the requirement was close on two kg.

Material intensity of Finland's economy in 1975 to 2016

Material intensity of Finland's economy in 1975 to 2016

Source: Economy-wide material flow accounts 2016, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Antti Pasanen 029 551 2629, Johanna Pakarinen 029 551 3313, environmental.accounts@stat.fi

Director in charge: Ville Vertanen

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Updated 16.11.2017

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Economy-wide material flow accounts [e-publication].
ISSN=2242-1289. 2016. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 17.12.2017].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/kanma/2016/kanma_2016_2017-11-16_tie_001_en.html

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