In collaboration with ACR+ member OVAM, VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research) conducted an update on the material footprint through input-output analysis, covering the period from 2015 to 2019. This analysis offers insights into the interdependence of different sectors in an economy.
In 2015, nearly half of the material footprint (45%) was attributed to household consumption, with government consumption representing 10%. Investments in fixed assets accounted for 41%, while non-profit institutions had a minimal impact. These percentages remained largely unchanged between 2015 and 2019. The material footprint of household consumption exhibited a declining trend, while government spending on consumption showed an increasing trend. The Flemish material footprint, tracked using the Economy-wide Material Flow Accounts (EW-MFA) methodology from Eurostat, increased from 186 million tonnes in 2010 to 196 million tonnes in 2021 (+6%).
Source: (in Flemish)
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