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Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Million tonnes, Tonnes per capita, Tonnes per GDP ($m)

Footnote: 1. Imports and exports for 'Other' and 'waste for final treatment and disposal' are included in the Domestic Material Consumption estimates. 2. Total material input and consumption for 2016 onwards may be slight underestimates due to small missing data sources on extraction for some minor materials. 3. Total figures are based on raw data and therefore may not sum due to rounding.

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.

Indicator available
Indicator description
Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Million tonnes, Tonnes per capita, Tonnes per GDP ($m)

Definitions

Domestic Material Consumption (DMC) is a standard material flow accounting (MFA) indicator and reports the apparent consumption of materials in a national economy. Domestic Material Consumption (DMC) is calculated as direct imports (IM) of material plus domestic extraction (DE) of materials minus direct exports (EX) of materials. DMC per capita is calculated as DMC/UK population. DMC per GDP is calculated as DMC/GDP.

All reference to tonnes refers to Metric Tonnes.

Available disaggregations
Calculations

No calculations were performed in the data acquisition for DMC and DMC per capita as appropriate data was readily available in the final format specified by this indicator.

Domestic Material per GDP is calculated as DMC/GDP using a Constant USD conversion.

The constant USD conversion was done using methodology specified by the OECD.

The GBP values for GDP were converted with the USD exchange rate for the respective year, and then a deflator with base year 2019 was applied to transform the current USD values to constant 2019 USD values.

Other information

Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 23 February 2022
Metadata last updated 11 April 2022

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

Domestic material consumption, domestic material consumption per capita, and domestic material consumption per GDP

Target name

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 I

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 10 May 2021
Next release

TBA

Statistical classification

Official Statistic

Contact details

environment.accounts@ons.gov.uk

Other information

Source 2

Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Quarterly

Earliest available data

1948

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date 12 August 2021
Next release

See Source link

Statistical classification

Official Statistic

Contact details

gdp@ons.gov.uk

Other information

Source 3

Organisation

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

1960

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date 01 April 2021
Next release

See source link

Statistical classification

Official international

Contact details

dac.contact@oecd.org

Other information

Data tables section, tables “Deflators for Resource Flows from DAC Countries (2019=100).xls” and “Annual Exchange Rates for DAC Donor Countries from 1960 to 2020.xls”