Environment

Global Material Resources Outlook to 2060

Economic Drivers and Environmental Consequences

Available from November 27, 2018

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This report presents global projections of materials use and their environmental consequences, providing a quantitative outlook to 2060 at the global, sectoral and regional levels for 61 different materials (biomass resources, fossil fuels, metals and non-metallic minerals). It explains the economic drivers determining the decoupling of economic growth and materials use, and assesses how the projected shifts in sectoral and regional economic activity influence the use of different materials. The projections include both primary and secondary materials, which provides a deeper understanding of what drives the synergies and trade-offs between extraction and recycling.

The report projects a doubling of global primary materials use between today and 2060. Population and converging per capita income growth drive the growth in materials use. However, structural change, especially in non-OECD countries, and technology improvements partially dampen that growth. Metals and non-metallic minerals are projected to grow more rapidly than other types of materials.

EVENT: World circular economy forum

 

PRESS RELEASE AND DATA VISUALISATION

HIGHLIGHTS



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INFOGRAPHICS: GROWTH of materials use and gdp, 2011-2060

 

Infographic Growth in materials use Global Material Resources Outlook to 2060

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Business Models for the Circular Economy (PDF)

Policy Highlights: Extended Producer Responsibility
and the Impact of Online Sales
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International Trade
and the Transition to a Circular Economy
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Government Support for Primary
and Secondary Metal Production
(PDF)

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