Materialflows.net

For a better understanding of the world of raw materials

Background and Data

materialflows.net is an online portal for national material flow data and state of the art visualisations and analyses hosted by Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna).

The website is based on the UN IRP Global Material Flows Database. Data and visualisations cover more than 200 countries, the time period of 1970 to 2017, and more than 300 different materials aggregated into 13 categories of material flows.

Visualisation Center

The Visualisation Centre is the access point to a large variety of interactive visualisations and the underlying material flow data.

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Stories

The most relevant analyses of global material use are presented in informative stories.
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Partners

Global Material Flows Database

Visualisations and analyses featured on this website are based upon the UN IRP Global Material Flows Database. For bulk data downloads refer to the database portal of the IRP.

Collaborators

materialflows.net is kindly supported by the Austrian Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism.

The FINEPRINT project develops a new method for assessing global material flows using high geographical resolution and relating global supply chains with their associated environmental and social impacts.

Resource Watch features hundreds of data sets all in one place on the state of the planet’s resources and citizens. These data are used to visualize challenges facing people and the planet.

MATERIALFLOWS.NET in practice

Data on national and global material flows are gaining relevance for informing strategies and campaigns of different stakeholders.

In 2016, an expert team publishes an assessment report for the UN Environment International Resource Panel called "Global Material Flows and Resource Productivity". For the report a MFA dataset is used which had been compiled to large extent on the basis of the data underlying materialflows.net.
United Nations
The study “The Global Resource Footprint of Nations (2014)”, produced as part of the European FP7 research project CREEA, uses data from materialflows.net to calculate material footprints for various countries and regions around the world.
Research
In 2018, the German Environment Agency (UBA) publishes its report "The Use of Natural resources - Report for Germany 2018".

Data from materialflows.net are used for the analyses of international interconnections of Germany in the world.
Policy makers
As a collaboration with the international Friends of the Earth network campaigns on sustainable resource use and supply chain management are supported by analyses building on global material flow data from materialflows.net.
NGOs
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Countries

200+

years

45+

RAW MATERIALS

300+

INDICATORS

15+

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