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Environmental accounts. Material flow accounts. Preview data 2019

The domestic material consumption decreased by 3.0% in 2019, reaching 426.1 million tonnes Productivity of materials in the Spanish economy increased by 5.1%.

Material flow accounts - serie 2008-2019
Indicator Note Value Variation
Domestic material consumption 1 426,115.5 -3.0
Domestic extraction 1 353,148.7 -3.5
Physical trade balance 1 72,966.9 0.0
- Imports 1 261,008.9 -6.5
- Exports 1 188,042.0 -8.8
Productivity of Materials 2 2,801.8 5.1
Domestic material consumption per inhabitant 3 9.00 -3.7
Material intensity 4 356.90 -4.8
  • Value: thousands of tonnes. Variation: Percentage over the previous year
    • Value: Thousand tonnes.
    • Value: Euros / tonne
    • Value: Tonnes / inhabitant
    • Tonnes / million euros
Latest data
serie 2008-2019 Published: 16/12/2020
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The objective of the Environmental Accounts (EA) is to integrate the environmental information in a coherent way in the central system of National Accounts. They include a set of satellite accounts, with annual transmission, compiled using the accounting formats applicable to the different sectoral and territorial areas, with a strong presence of physical data. They show the interaction between the economy, households and environmental factors.

The Material Flow Accounts show the physical inputs of materials that enter into the national economic system and the outputs to other economies or to the natural environment in physical units (tonnes). These accounts makes possible to obtain a set of aggregate indicators on the use of natural resources from which indicators can be derived on the productivity of resources (eco-efficiency) in relation to GDP and other economic and employment indicators, in addition to indicators on material intensity from lifestyles, considering the size of the population and other demographic indicators.