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Indicator 8.4.1: Material footprint, material footprint per capita, and material footprint per GDP

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Material footprint, material footprint per capita, and material footprint per GDP

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This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

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Material footprint, material footprint per capita, and material footprint per GDP

Indicator description

The UK’s material footprint, or raw material consumption, captures the amount of domestic and foreign extraction of materials needed to produce the products used by households, governments and charities in the UK.

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Million metric tonnes, Tonnes per capita, Tonnes per GDP (£m)

Definitions

Material Footprint (MF) is the attribution of global material extraction to domestic final demand of a country. The total material footprint is the sum of the material footprint for biomass, fossil fuels, metal ores and non-metal ores.

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Calculations

Materical Footprint estimates provided are based on a Eurostat method and calculated as raw material equivalent of imports (RMEIM) plus domestic extraction (DE) minus raw material equivalents of exports (RMEEX). Material footprint per capita is calculated as raw material consumption (material footprint)/UK population(*1000000). Material footprint per GDP is calculated as raw material consumption (material footprint)/GDP(*1000000).

Other information

The choice of method used to calculate material footprint has an impact on the final estimates. In 2017, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) consulted extensively with the University of Leeds about developing further environmentally relevant metrics for material use and resource efficiency, particularly in carbon terms. As a result, the University of Leeds have developed a multi-regional input-output (MRIO) approach, using a specifically derived UK MRIO database to underpin calculations. These estimates and further information on the Eurostat and University of Leeds approach are published in the Measuring material footprint report. Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

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This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

8.4.1 Material footprint, material footprint per capita, and material footprint per GDP

Target name

8.4 Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10‑Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production, with developed countries taking the lead

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier II

UN custodian agency

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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Source 1

Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2000

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date

05/06/2019

Next release

TBC

Statistical classification

Official Statistic

Contact details

environment.accounts@ons.gov.uk

Other information

Source 2

Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

1971

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date

26/06/2019

Next release

01/06/2020

Statistical classification

Official Statistic

Contact details

pop.info@ons.gov.uk

Other information

Source 3

Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Quarterly

Earliest available data

1955

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date

11/11/2019

Next release

20/12/2019

Statistical classification

Official Statistic

Contact details

gdp@ons.gov.uk

Other information

Based on GDP estimates published on 11/11/19