www.materialflows.net is an online portal for material flow data, providing access to material flow data sets on the national level. The website is based on the worldwide first comprehensive database on global resource extraction - the SERI/WU Global Material Flows Database, set up and administrated by SERI (Sustainable Europe Research Institute) and the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna), in cooperation with the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU) and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy. The database comprises data for more than 200 countries, the time period of 1980 to 2010, and more than 300 different materials aggregated into 12 categories of material flows.


The Global Resource Footprint of Nations

For the first time, the total global environmental footprint – encompassing the carbon, water, land and material consumption footprint of various countries – has been compiled using one detailed, consistent and comprehensive global economic-environmental database.

The results are presented in the booklet called "The Global Resource Footprint of Nations", which endeavours to provide an insight into the environmental footprint of final consumption in the 43 countries covered. For each country a factsheet is presented encapsulating the carbon, water, land and material footprint of final consumption as well as other relevant indicators.

The booklet further showcases a number of comparative analyses, such as how environmental pressures correlate to GDP, Human Development Index (HDI), and population of a country. It illustrates the extent to which many developed countries rely on the carbon, water, land and material footprint from abroad.

Material footprints have been calculated using data from materialflows.net.

You can download the booklet here.

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