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Developing multi-regional physical supply and use accounts for the analysis of global material and energy flows

  • Funding institution: Austrian Science Fund (FWF) 

  • Duration: March 2019 – June 2023

  • Partner institution: Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy / Germany 

Project summary

The overall objective of the MF-GLOBE project is to develop trade-linked, multi-regional physical supply/use and physical input-output accounts, applying the guidelines of the UN SEEA system. While the developed methodological framework is open to all categories of resource flows, focus in the empirical part is set on biomass and energy commodities and their interlinkages. In order to set up the trade-linked accounts, the project implements a consistent combination of global data sets, such as from the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UN Comtrade. As not all supply chains can be modelled based on data in physical units, we couple the physical accounts with a monetary multi-regional input-output model. This creates a hybrid analytical tool for integrated assessments of global biomass and energy flows along international supply chains at an unprecedented level of product and country detail. 



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