World’s consumption of materials hits record 100bn tonnes a year

by Damian Carrington, The Guardian, January 22, 2020


  • The report highlights that every person’s ecological footprint equates to 13 tonnes of materials per year
  • Half of the 100.6 billion tonnes of material consumed in 2017 were sand, clay, gravel, and cement
  • Only 8.6% of the material consumed is recycled and this percentage is falling

This report highlights the need to conduct consumption-based greenhouse gas inventories in order to measure the effect of consumption on climate change.

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