The copper industry
Our contribution to sustainable development
The Global Mining Industry Begins... Aug. 2016
To counter the existential threat facing our planet, while lifting millions from energy poverty, the potential of these sprawling mines to become clean energy resources cannot be...
Chinese Government moves to tackle... Jul. 2016
"Guiyu currently processes around 400,000 tons of discarded e-waste (a year). We have established a system to cover the whole recycling process－from keeping records of all the waste that enters...
Japanese giants target European... Jul. 2016
Japanese giants Mitsubishi Materials Corporation (MMC) and Hanwa Co. Ltd have established a new company at Moerdijk in the Netherlands to expand collections of e-scrap from Europe. The joint...
Copper mine goes green as it powers... Jun. 2016
“This is the largest integrated off-grid solar and battery storage facility in Australia and draws together a number of technologies which are widely expected to have a transformational...
World copper map
Facts & Figures
of the copper produced in 1900 is still in productive use
On average, the copper industry feeds $125 billion per year into the global economy, including $15 billion paid to governments as taxes
70% of copper
goes into electrical applications that benefit from its amazing energy efficiency
Four pillars of sustainability
Addressing the challenges
The very nature of mining brings its own unique challenges to the environment. Similarly, the copper produced can bring special benefits to society and contribute to addressing many of the environmental challenges we face today.Environment
Investing in the local economy
The copper industry is a significant economic contributor to both the communities and governments in which it operates. The goal of our economic indicators is to capture the true economic value of these investments and demonstrate how much wealth the organisation has created for its stakeholders.Economy
Making people our priority
Society is about measuring the copper industry’s impact on people. This indicator takes into account the employment provided both directly and indirectly by the industry. Health and safety in the workplace is also a key consideration.Society
Transparency in our reporting standards
Our members have publicly declared their commitment to sustainable development. The majority publish sustainability reports and openly declare their commitment to embracing sustainable development principles and goals.Governance