Material efficiency indicators

The compatibility of MFA with data from the System of National Accounts (SNA) enables direct relation of material flow-based indicators with indicators of economic performance, such as GDP. These interlinkage indicators quantify the material efficiency (or resource productivity) of an economic system by calculating economic output (measured in monetary units) generated per material input (in physical units), for example GDP/DMI. Material efficiency indicators thus are suitable tools to monitor processes of de-linking or de-coupling of resource use from economic growth as a key strategy towards a more sustainable use of natural resources.

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