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Material flows and waste

The accounts for commodity and material flows describe the type and weight of the commodities and materials that are necessary for maintaining Danish production and consumption and for exports of commodities. The accounts also provide a basis for understanding the general relationships between consumption of resources and generation of waste and other undesirable residual products.

Introduction

Statistics Denmark publishes material accounts of the type EW-MFA, Economy-Wide Material Flow Accounts, which aim at providing a general picture of the type and weight of the materials (natural resources and commodities) that are, on the one hand, recovered from nature or imported and, on the other hand, exported from Denmark.

Another type of account (physical input-output tables) focuses on the individual industries’ and households’ consumption of natural resources and commodities and their production of commodities and generation of waste and emissions. This type of account is being developed and is expected to be published in 2016.

The accounts are essential with regard to analysing developments in resource efficiency (or –productivity) of the economy or individual industries, i.e. whether the industries will be, over time, able to produce the same quantities, but with a lower consumption of materials. The waste accounts show where different types of waste originate and how waste is disposed.

Documentation

Documentation of statistics

Get an overview of the purpose, content and quality of the statistics. Here you can find information on the sources that the statistics are derived from, what the statistics contains and how often it is published.

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