Economy-wide material flow accounts

Producer: Statistics Finland

Latest release:
The economic downturn has not affected the use of natural resources
20 Nov 2014
The material economy did not peter out like the national economy did last year. In 2013, material requirement as direct input in the national economy was 4.7 per cent higher than in the previous year. For example, in agriculture, cereal production grew by as much as 11 per cent, logging in forestry increased by 9 per cent, and altogether more metal ores, industrial minerals and useful stone were extracted from mines than ever before. The use of imported goods remained on level with the previous year. And even though the use of stone, like gravel and crushed stone, in construction fell to the level of the recession year 2009 and even below it, all in all, a similar collapse in the material requirement as seen in the recession of the early 1990s or in 2009 is not visible in Finland at the moment.

Next release:
19 Nov 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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Statistics: Economy-wide material flow accounts [e-publication].
ISSN=2242-1289. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 5.9.2015].
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