The copper industry is a major contributor to the global economy. Copper is more than just a mined metal; it provides jobs and promotes a higher standard of living.
One tonne of copper brings functionality to 40 cars, powers 100,000 mobile phones, enables operations in 400 computers and distributes electricity to 30 homes.
Copper has an important role to play in addressing issues critical to society. These include contributions to food supply, infrastructure, CO2 reduction and sustainable development. The copper industry works to engage employees, communities and governments in addressing the challenges encountered in providing essential materials for society. International Copper Association members and stakeholders along the copper value chain understand their responsibility to the environment and the communities in which they operate.
Minerals and metals form the backbone of the modern world. No matter where you may call home, you can find copper and materials everywhere you look in your community. Healthcare workers, transportation providers, educators and delivery services rely on copper for critical equipment and for crucial functions, such as electronic devices, electricity delivery and storage, transportation, communication and safe drinking water. From mines and smelters/refiners through to fabricators, the copper industry is committed to providing the raw material and the finished products to assist society through any challenge.
Infrastructure relies on copper because of its reliability, efficiency and performance. Copper’s properties are vital for a range of activities including safe energy transmission and efficient transport.
(production and delivery of energy and energy storage) Telecommunications
(data centers, networks, cell towers) Water Supply
Copper not only helps farmers produce more and get products to market, it also helps grocers keep food fresher for longer periods of time.
(water and waste systems) Energy
(to power equipment)
Copper-alloy components are essential to deliver life-saving therapies and to improve the quality of life for patients.
(care and medical robots)
(human tissues and active implants)
Copper is essential for manufacturing industries that keep global economies working.
Critical minerals, like copper, keep up connected to each other and working more efficiently.
Computers and Laptops
(smart buildings - heating and cooling systems)
Renewable Energy Generation
(solar panels and wind turbines)
For more information on copper uses and applications, visit copperalliance.org.