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Material Flow Accounts


Domestic Material Consumption 2015-2019
million tonnes
Metallic Minerals6.
Non-Metallic Minerals34.
Fossil Fuels16.617.
Other Products0.
Domestic Material Consumption96.1103.2110.3118.2121.7

Domestic Material Consumption increased by 2.9% in 2019

Figure 1 Domestic Material Consumption 2000-2019
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Domestic Material Consumption was estimated at 121.7 million tonnes in 2019 which was 3.4 million tonnes or 2.9% higher than in 2018 (see Headline Table). The Domestic Material Consumption of non-metallic minerals increased by 7.2 million tonnes or 13.6% between 2018 and 2019 whereas that of fossil fuels fell by 4.2 million tonnes or 22.1% (see Headline Table).

Imports fell from 43.9 million tonnes in 2018 to 41.5 million tonnes in 2019. The largest categories of imports in 2019 were fossil fuels at 13.5 million tonnes and biomass at 12.9 million tonnes, both below their 2018 levels (see Table 1).

Exports fell slightly from 18.3 million tonnes in 2018 to 18.2 million tonnes in 2019. Biomass was the largest category in exports in 2019 at 7.9 million tonnes. The other main categories in exports (metallic minerals, non-metallic minerals and fossil fuels) had lower volumes in 2019, compared with 2018 (see Table 1).