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 2019, and more than 300 different materials aggregated into 13 categories of material flows.
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The Visualisation Centre is the access point to a large variety of interactive visualisations and related analyses.
Use the explanatory videos to find the section best suiting your requirements.
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.
materialflows.net is kindly supported by the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology.
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.
Data from materialflows.net are used for the analyses of international interconnections of Germany in the world.