Within material flow accounting, research activities are currently focussing on the calculation of raw material equivalents (i.e. upstream material requirements) of imports and exports. This lead to a methods development and publication of empirical data on raw material consumption or material footprints in recent years. Most calculations are based on monetary input-output models. For Austria, the Institute of Social Ecology developed a hybrid LCA-IO Model for the years 1995, 1997, 1999-2012.
In several project methods development and the analysis of Austrian results was pushed forward. This included a methods comparison (hybrid LCA-IO models with MRIO models), a decomposition analysis, and a series of conceptual work on the challenges in calculating physical indicators with monetary IO tables.
In the project ÖRME 7, the institute finally developed a simple calculation tool for Austria, which will now be further developed in the project ÖRME 8 and extended to the year 2013.