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Economy-wide material flow indicators in the Czech Republic: trends, decoupling analysis and uncertainties

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Material and energy flows (together with human appropriation of land) are considered the key cause of environmental problems. This paper describes the application of economy-wide material flow accounting and analysis to the economy of the Czech Republic for 1990-2002. The results show a decrease of material intensity and decoupling of the economic growth from environmental pressure. The second part of the paper treats an important issue of uncertainties related to economy-wide material flow indicators in the Czech Republic. The results point out that the high uncertainties related to some material flow indicators may be an obstacle to their applicability.

Keywords: environmental pressure, material flow accounting, material flow analysis, decoupling analysis, uncertainty assessment, Czech Republic, economic growth, material flow indicators

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