Sustainable Development

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When it comes to sustainable development, the production of copper is an important part of the story.

The Copper Alliance®, of which ICA India is a part, undertakes significant work to advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which provide a 15-year framework for addressing humanity’s most critical issues. While our initiatives on a global level have some alignment with all 17 of the SDGs, three of the SDGs particularly closely match our focus:

Products containing copper tend to operate more efficiently because copper is the best non-precious conductor of heat and electricity. Renewable sources already provide nearly one-quarter of the world’s power and significantly more in a number of EU member states. Copper use helps reduce CO2 emissions and lower the amount of energy needed to produce electricity.

Copper is already an essential ingredient in our most innovative technologies—such as smart energy tech, aquaculture and electric cars—and its role in electromobility, energy efficiency and renewable energy is growing. McKinsey has estimated a 43% potential increase in copper demand by 2035 versus today’s demand of 22 million tonnes.

On average, less than five tonnes of CO2 are emitted to produce one tonne of copper. However, because of copper’s inherent high efficiency in conductive applications, between 100 and 7,500 tons of CO2 emissions can be reduced—a mitigation factor of up to 1,500 to one. By 2030, copper could reduce the world’s carbon footprint by 16%.

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