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material efficiency


Indicator: Total raw material productivity

A graph shows the total raw material productivity plus the primary raw material inputs and the sum of gross domestic product and the value imports from 2000 to 2014 (2000 = 100).

The total raw material productivity grew by 26 % between 2000 and 2014.According to the German government, an average growth of 1.5% of total raw material productivity must be achieved between 2010 and 2030.Since 2010, the average annual growth rate of 1.9 % has exceeded this target.The indicator also includes raw materials needed for the production of imported goods. read more

Waste | Resources

Economic impact

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Greater resource efficiency is good not only for the environment, but also for the economy, in terms of lower materials costs, less dependency on raw materials imports, and lower waste management expenditures. read more


The Umweltbundesamt

For our environment