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Material Flow Accounts


Domestic Material Consumption 2012-2016
million tonnes
Metallic Minerals6.
Non-Metallic Minerals32.434.333.034.242.5
Fossil Fuels13.319.616.616.316.8
Other Products0.
Domestic Material Consumption90.299.995.796.9104.4

7.7% Increase in Domestic Material Consumption in 2016

Material Flow Accounts 2016 Figure 1
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Domestic Material Consumption was estimated at 104.4 million tonnes in 2016 which was 7.7% or 7.5 million tonnes higher than in 2015 (see Headline Table). Underlying this change was an increase of 8.3 million tonnes or 24.2% in the Domestic Material Consumption of non-metallic minerals (see Headline Table).

Imports fell slightly from 39.1 million tonnes in 2015 to 38.7 million tonnes in 2016. The largest category of imports in 2016 was fossil fuels at 14.5 million tonnes which was a decrease of 1.6 million tonnes on 2015 (see Table 1).

Exports increased from 18.5 million tonnes in 2015 to 18.8 million tonnes in 2016. Biomass was the largest category in exports in 2016 at 6.9 million tonnes. The other main categories of exports (metallic minerals, non-metallic minerals and fossil fuels) had similar volumes in 2016, at over 3 million tonnes each (see Table 1).