GTFS: Global Trends and Future Scenarios Index

Global Material Resources Outlook to 2060 – Economic Drivers and Environmental Consequences

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The Global Material Resources Outlook to 2060 is the first report that provides an in-depth examination of the likely path of future materials use and the economic drivers that underpin these projections. The report focuses on three major socioeconomic trends that influence the use of material resources: the expected growth in emerging and developing economies relying on material-intensive infrastructure development; the evolution of many economies towards a greater role for the services sector; and the accelerating transformation of production technologies and processes. These trends will have differing, and sometimes conflicting, impacts on the scale and intensity of future materials use.