Household consumption

In 2017, actual per capita household consumption in Belgium amounted to 23,100 euros (chain-linked, reference year 2010). There is no sustainable development goal for the level of household consumption.

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Household consumption - Belgium and international comparison

thousand chain-linked euros per capita, reference year 2010

//: Average Growth Rates

Eurostat (2018), Main GDP aggregates per capita [nama_10_pc], (consulted on 18/09/2018).

Definition: household consumption is measured by using the concept of actual consumption which refers to all goods and services that are actually consumed. It includes consumer goods and services purchased directly by households and services provided by non-profit institutions and the government for individual consumption (such as in the health and education sectors). This consumption is expressed per inhabitant and in thousands of chained euros (which makes it possible to measure consumption by removing the effect of price changes). To compare Belgium and the EU on the basis of the same reference year (i.e. 2010), the data used here are obtained from Eurostat.

Goal: there is no goal related to the household consumption level in Belgium. But overall, this consumption must become more sustainable.

The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs adopted by the UN in 2015 include target 8.4: “Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production, with developed countries taking the lead”.

International comparison: for this indicator, Belgium is performing better than the EU28 average over the whole period for which data are available (2000-2017). The development of this indicator in Belgium and in the EU28 is quite similar, but consumption in Belgium has been more resilient to the 2008 economic and financial crisis than in the EU28 average.

UN indicator: the selected indicator does not correspond to any monitoring indicator for the SDGs but is related to target 8.4. This target addresses the decoupling of economic growth from environmental degradation in consumption and production patterns.


  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: (consulted on 23/10/2018).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: (consulted on 23/10/2018).

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