Domestic material consumption per capita (t2020_rl110)

ESMS Indicator Profile (ESMS-IP)

Compiling agency:  Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union

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1. Contact
2. Metadata update
3. Relevance
4. Statistical Indicator
5. Frequency and Timeliness of dissemination
6. Coverage and comparability
7. Accessibility and clarity
8. Comment
Related Metadata
Annexes (including footnotes)
Eurostat Quality Profile
4.5. Source data


5.1. Frequency of dissemination Every year
5.2. Timeliness T+1 year
6.1. Reference area All EU MS
6.2. Comparability - geographical All EU MS
6.3. Coverage - Time > 10 years
6.4. Comparability - over time > 4 data points

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1. Contact Top
1.1. Contact organisation

 Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union

1.2. Contact organisation unit

E2: Environmental statistics and accounts; sustainable development

1.5. Contact mail address

2920 Luxembourg LUXEMBOURG

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2. Metadata update Top
2.1. Metadata last certified 06/11/2017
2.2. Metadata last posted 25/10/2018
2.3. Metadata last update 10/01/2022

3. Relevance Top

The indicator is part of the Resource Efficiency Scoreboard. It is used to monitor progress towards a resource efficient Europe, complementing the lead indicator on the area of materials.

The 7th Environment Action Programme, the agreed framework for EU environment policy until 2020, has put forward three key objectives: (1) to protect, conserve and enhance the Union’s natural capital, (2) to turn the Union into a resource-efficient, green, and competitive low-carbon economy and (3) to safeguard the Union's citizens from environment-related pressures and risks to health and wellbeing. Four so-called ‘enablers’ will help Europe deliver on these goals: better implementation of legislation, better information by improving the knowledge base, more and wiser investment for environment and climate policy, full integration of environmental requirements and considerations into other policies. Two additional horizontal priority objectives complete the programme: to make the Union's cities more sustainable and to help the Union address international environmental and climate challenges more effectively, which are The Sustainable Consumption and Production and Sustainable Industrial Policy (SCP/SIP) Action Plan and The Circular Economy Package.

4. Statistical Indicator Top
4.1. Data description

The indicator is defined as the total amount of material directly used in an economy and equals direct material input (DMI) minus exports. DMI measures the direct input of materials for the use in the economy. DMI equals domestic extraction (DE) plus imports. For the ‘per capita’ calculation of the indicator the average population is used (the arithmetic mean of the population on 1st January of two consecutive years).

Domestic Material Consumption (DMC) is based on the Economy-wide Material Flow Accounts (EW-MFA). The theory of Economy-wide material flow accounts includes compilations of the overall material inputs into national economy, the changes of material stock within the economy and the material outputs to other economies or to the environment. EW-MFA covers all solid, gaseous, and liquid materials, except water and air. Water included in products is included.

4.2. Unit of measure

Tonnes per capita.

4.3. Reference Period

Calendar year.

4.4. Accuracy - overall

Indicator is produced according to the high-level quality standards of European Statistics. Details on accuracy can be found in the metadata of the source datasets (see link in "Related metadata").

4.5. Source data


Data source: European Statistical System (ESS).

Data provider: Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat), based on data reported by the countries: Economy-wide material flow accounts (env_ac_mfa).

5. Frequency and Timeliness of dissemination Top
5.1. Frequency of dissemination

Every year

Indicator is updated annually.

The release calendar can be consulted in the medatada file of the data set source.

5.2. Timeliness

T+1 year

New data points are disseminated within one year after the reference year.

6. Coverage and comparability Top
6.1. Reference area


Data are presented for all EU Member States plus the United Kingdom, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Republic of North Macedonia, Albania, Turkey, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The EU aggregate is also available.

6.2. Comparability - geographical


Data are comparable between all EU Member States.

6.3. Coverage - Time

> 10 years

Presented time series starts in 1990.

6.4. Comparability - over time

> 4 data points

Length of comparable time series without methodological break is longer than 4 data points.

7. Accessibility and clarity Top
7.1. Dissemination format - Publications

Reports on the indicators of the Resource Efficiency Scoreboard.

A resource-efficient Europe (Communication COM(2011) 21).

Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe.

Eurostat, Statistics explained: Material flow accounts and resource productivity.

7.2. Dissemination format - online database

See table t2020_rl110

7.3. Dissemination format - other

Environmental statistics and accounts in Europe, Chapter ´Economy-wide material flows´.

Eurostat dedicated section on Material Flows and Resource Productivity.

8. Comment Top

Eurostat Copyright/Licence Policy is applicable.

Related metadata Top

Annexes Top