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 a worldwide database on global material extraction and trade. 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:

  • In 2015, the research group Sustainable Resource Use together with its partner institutions CSIRO and University of Sydney (Australia), SEC (Austria), Ifeu (Germany) developed a global database on worldwide material extraction commissioned and made publicly available by the Opens external link in new windowUNEP International Resource Panel (IRP). This dataset was compiled to large extent on the basis of the data underlying www.materialflows.net.
  • The 2015 OECD report "Material Resources, Productivity and the Environment" describes the material basis of OECD economies and provides a factual analysis of material flows and resource productivity in OECD countries in a global context. The production and consumption of materials is considered, as well as their international flows and available stocks, and the environmental implications associated with their use.
  • The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published a report in 2012 focusing on “Economic Development in Africa”, in which UNCTAD produced one chapter on “Resource use and Resource Productivity in Africa”, based on data from www.materialflows.net.
  • In the context of the European project “REdUSE”, funded by DG Aid of the European Commission and carried out by the international Friends of the Earth network and SERI, two reports were produced which illustrated global interrelations between material consumption and global water use (“Under pressure”, 2011) as well as global land use (“Hidden impacts”, 2012). Both reports built on global material flow data from www.materialflows.net.
  • The European Environment Agency (EEA) published its 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 UNEP Year Book 2010 used 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" (2008), the OECD presented 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).
  • The European research project 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.
  • The European research project 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.
  • The petrE project funded by the 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.

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