Economy-wide material flow accounts

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Latest release:
Direct natural resource inputs decreased by 2 per cent
19 Nov 2013
In 2012, direct inputs used by the national economy totalled around 240 million tonnes, of which domestic inputs made up 185 million tonnes. The biggest domestic natural resource inputs are ore, gravel and sand, and wood and plants. Plants and wild animals accounted for around five per cent of domestic inputs, i.e. ten million tonnes. Over the past decades, the use of domestic natural resources has been at its lowest during the 1990s recession, in 1993 around 140 million tonnes.

Next release:
20 Nov 2014

Description: Economy-wide material flow accounts describe in units of mass (tonnes) the volume of materials ex-tracted, transferred or transformed from nature. This volume of materials and its ratio to other National Accounts aggregates describes the material dependency of the national economy and the pressures economic activities impose on the environment. The main interest lies in the development of the ratio between GDP and the volume of materials required to generate it. Economy-wide material flow accounts sum up the flows of used materials, such as stone, oil and wood. However, due to the summing up, the total figures of the material flow accounts do not describe direct the weight and nature of the environmental burden caused by economic transactions.
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Statistics: Economy-wide material flow accounts [e-publication].
ISSN=2242-1289. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 26.10.2014].
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