Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Análisis de los flujos de materiales de una región : Cataluña (1996-2000)

Cristina Sendra, Xavier Gabarrell, Teresa Vicent


The paper presents the Material Flow Analysis for Catalonia (NE Spain) in the period 1996 – 2000. The results show no symptom of neither weak nor strong dematerialization, otherwise the increase in material inputs and consumption a long the period is higher than population and GDP growth; with dominance of non-renewable resources. There is a high dependence on foreign trade. On one hand, imports has increased a long the period analyzed to compensate the lack of primary resources in the own system. On the other hand, the price of exports is higher than imports, supposing important economic input for Catalonia.

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