Material flow accounts record the total mass
of natural resources and products that are used by an economy
or an organisation.
Great Britain plc uses 880 million
tonnes (mt) of solid material resources each year in order
to achieve an annual net growth in the mass of goods of less
than 10-15 mt.
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These resources may be used either directly
in the production and distribution of products and services,
or indirectly through the movement of materials which are
displaced in order for production to take place.
Mass balance is the study of the balance between
input and output of resources in a given organisation, locality
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established a balanced account of UK material flows and found
that the main resource requirements for the UK are for fossil
fuels, minerals, and metals.
The main findings of the 2002 study are:
growth in the UK is becoming decoupled from the total use
resource productivity is within the top five of the European
these improvements, UK resource use still places high demands
on the environment, and increasingly so on the environment
of the UK's trading partners
Details of the RESOURCE
USE AND EFFICIENCY OF THE UK ECONOMY Report can be found at
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