Official Statistics of Finland

Economy-wide material flow accounts

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Soil extraction decreased in 2014
19 Nov 2015
The extraction of sand, gravel and other stone from soil for building materials decreased by five to six per cent in 2014 from the previous year. The extraction of stone has fallen to 78 million tonnes, almost to the same level as in the deepest recession years of the 1990s, as shown by the statistics on economy-wide material flow accounts published by Statistics Finland.

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Statistical releases will not be issued in English from these statistics in 2015.

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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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Economy-wide material flow accounts [e-publication].
ISSN=2242-1289. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 30.11.2015].
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