This page presents the following dashboard indicator on land.

Domestic material consumption per capita


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Domestic material consumption per capita

  • Background: Domestic material consumption (DMC) measures the total amount of materials directly used by an economy and is defined as the annual quantity of raw materials in tonnes per year extracted from the domestic territory of the local economy, plus all physical imports, and minus all physical exports. The DMC indicator provides an assessment of the level of material use. It is important to note that for imports and exports the physical flows are considered only, disregarding upstream material consumption necessary in foreign countries.
  • Indicator calculation: The indicator DMC is based on the economy-wide material flow accounts (EW-MFA). DMC in tonnes per capita provides an indication of the comparable material consumption of nations normalised with the population. The theory of EW-MFA includes compilations of the overall material inputs into national economies, the changes of material stocks within the economic system and the material outputs to other economies or to the environment. EW-MFA cover all solid, gaseous, and liquid materials, excluding water and air. Water incorporated in products is included.
  • DPSIR category: Pressure – the indicator is categorized as a pressure indicator because the consumption of materials implies a pressure on the state of existing raw material reserves.
  • Target / intended trend: The intended trend is towards a decrease of DMC, since the renewed sustainable development strategy encourages the sustainable use of materials. DMC provides an assessment of the absolute level of use with respect to extracted and imported materials.
  • Data source(s): Material flow accounts of the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat), with data from the covered countries.
  • Eurostat quality profile: You can access the quality profile of the indicator as well as the Eurostat quality grading system within the metadata file (please see above).

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