Proposal for a New Compilation System for Metal Ores in Economy Wide Material Flow Accounting

14 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2020

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James West

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

Mirko Lieber

Vienna University of Economics and Business

Stephan Lutter

Vienna University of Economics and Business

Heinz Schandl

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

Date Written: December 2020

Abstract

The authors of this article propose a major revision of the processes used for assembling the metal ores component of economy wide material flow accounts (EW‐MFA). The case for doing this is built by describing in detail important shortcomings of current metal ores reporting systems, introducing the key features of the revised system being proposed, and then illustrating the way in which the new system both solves old shortcomings and adds important new capacities. The new capacities added are of particular interest with regard to organizing the data required for a range of practical resource and environmental monitoring and management tasks, at national and smaller scale. The various components of the case for change are explained largely using illustrative examples. The direct motivations behind this work are twofold. First, the proposed system will improve the accuracy and fitness for current uses of the metal ores accounts being assembled. Second, and more importantly, the additional capabilities of the revised system as a resource and environmental management tool will make the process of assembling EW‐MFA accounts more clearly relevant to the concerns of developing countries, which are increasingly being prevailed upon to compile these accounts. In addition to the direct benefits of improved resources and environmental management that should be enabled by the revised system, it is expected that expanding the utility derived from the EW‐MFA process will provide a stronger incentive for its institutionalization and maintenance by individual nations.

Keywords: co‐production, economy wide material flow analysis, industrial ecology, material flow accounting, metal ore, ore grade

Suggested Citation

West, James and Lieber, Mirko and Lutter, Stephan and Schandl, Heinz, Proposal for a New Compilation System for Metal Ores in Economy Wide Material Flow Accounting (December 2020). Journal of Industrial Ecology, Vol. 24, Issue 6, pp. 1220-1233, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3734982 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jiec.13015

James West (Contact Author)

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) ( email )

41 Boggo Rd
Dutton Park, Queensland
Australia

Mirko Lieber

Vienna University of Economics and Business

Welthandelsplatz 1
Vienna, 1020
Austria

Stephan Lutter

Vienna University of Economics and Business

Welthandelsplatz 1
Vienna, Wien 1020
Austria

Heinz Schandl

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

41 Boggo Rd
Dutton Park, Queensland
Australia

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