April 8, 2004
The Fundamental Plan for Establishing a Sound Material-Cycle Society presents material flow in FY 2000 and quantitative targets for three material flow indicators (i.e., resource productivity, cyclical use rate, and final disposal amount) for FY 2010 which are set based on the FY 2001 material flow. The Ministry of the Environment announces the material flow and figures of three indicators for FY 2001.
An overview of the material flow in FY 2001 shows that 2,140 million tons of material were put and approximately 50%, 1,120 million tons, were accumulated in the form of buildings and social infrastructure, 120 million tons were exported, 400 million tons were consumed as energy, and 590 million tons were discharged as wastes. Out of the total amount discharged, 210 million tons were recycled.
|2.||Material flow indicators
Two out of three indicators, namely resource productivity and cyclical use rate, decreased a little compared to FY 2000. Presumably the reduction of resource productivity derives from an increase in the input of natural resources by increased domestic excavation of stones and rock. As for the reduction of cyclical use rate, an increase of steel scrap export may be one of the reasons for it. The amount of final disposal reduced compared to FY 2000.
|*||Outline of the Fundamental Plan for Establishing a Sound Material-Cycle Society|
|*||Material Flow and Material Flow Indicators of Japan|