Who is using data from www.materialflow.net?

The increasing relevance and policy-oriented application of material flow accounting and analysis (MFA) makes reliable and comprehensive data indispensible. www.materialflows.net is based on the first worldwide database on global resource extraction. The quality of the database has been recognised around the globe leading to the application of the data in various international studies and projects which are listed below:

The European Environment Agency (EEA) published its new SOER 2010 Report (The European Environment - State and Outlook 2010) using data from the database www.materialflows.net for the synthesis report as well as for the chapter on "Material Resources and Waste".

The Division for Sustainable Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs is producing a Trends Report on Sustainable Consumption and Production for the 18th UN Commission on Sustainable Development in May 2010 using results of analyses of the data of SERI’s database carried out by SERI.

The new UNEP Year Book 2010 uses data from the web portal www.materialflows.net for the presentation of material extraction on the worldwide as well as on the country level.

In its publication "Environmental Outlook to 2030", the OECD presents results from SERI's global database on material extraction and on SERI’s work on future scenarios for global resource extraction (in cooperation with GWS/Germany).

Analyses from the SERI database were also included in the OECD report on "Measuring material flows and resource productivity", where the OECD presents the state of the art and new developments in MFA on the national and international level.

The report “Overconsumption? Our use of the world’s natural resources” by Friends of the Earth and SERI presented global trends of resource extraction based on data from www.materialflows.net.

MOSUS (EU-FP5) developed and applied a global environmental-economic model to quantify the interrelations between socio-economic driving forces and the state of the environment.

EXIOPOL (EU-FP6) set up a detailed economy-environment model to estimate environmental impacts and external costs of different economic sectors and of the consumption of natural resources (energy, materials, land) for countries in the European Union.

petrE (Anglo-German Foundation) examined the economic and environmental implications and impacts of an ambitious environmental tax reform in Europe and assessed European resource consumption in a global context.

The Global Resource Accounting Model (GRAM) is a multi-regional input-output model extended by material flow data developed by SERI and GWS/Germany. GRAM was constructed to illustrate the physical dimension of Europe's economic interrelations with the rest of the world and to analyse European natural resource consumption and trade in a global perspective. The GRAM model was first applied in the petrE project and has later been adopted for assessing CO2 emissions embodied in internationally traded products.

Furthermore, data from www.materialflows.net was used in numerous publications such as books, journal articles or conference presentations by a number of institutions, including

  • International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management
  • University of Leeds, UK
  • Worldwatch Institute, US
  • Boston College, US
  • Richard Ivey School of Business, Toronto, CA
  • EMPA, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research
  • Factor Ten Institute, FR
  • Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences

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