The copper industry

A unique contribution to our sustainable future

Making a positive contribution to society’s sustainable development goals is at the very heart of the the Copper Alliance.

From clean energy to sustainable cities to climate change, the copper industry advances the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations, which provide a 15-year framework for addressing mankind's most critical issues.

This website explains the many ways in which copper and the copper industry help build a brighter future. 

  • Climate action

    Copper is at the core of the climate change battle

  • Clean water

    Our industry contributes to health and access on a global scale

  • Affordable, clean energy

    Solar energy reduces CO2 at mining operations

  • Sustainable cities and communities

    A material for a modern world

  • The energy efficient metal

    Copper and innovation go hand in hand

COPPER AND SUSTAINABILITY

  • Sustainable development goal #1

    No poverty

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  • Sustainable development goal #2

    Zero hunger

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  • Sustainable development goal #3

    Good health and well-being

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  • Sustainable development goal #4

    Quality education

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  • Sustainable development goal #5

    Gender equality

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  • Sustainable development goal #6

    Clean water and sanitation

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  • Sustainable development goal #7

    Affordable and clean energy

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  • Sustainable development goal #8

    Decent work and economic growth

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  • Sustainable development goal #9

    Industry, innovation and infrastructure

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  • Sustainable development goal #10

    Reduced inequalities

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  • Sustainable development goal #11

    Sustainable cities and communities

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  • Sustainable development goal #12

    Responsible consumption and production

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  • Sustainable development goal #13

    Climate action

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  • Sustainable development goal #14

    Life below water

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  • Sustainable development goal #15

    Life on land

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  • Sustainable development goal #16

    Peace, Justice and strong institutions

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  • Sustainable development goal #17

    partnerships for the goals

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Facts & Figures

  • A 2% spend in materials like copper in green buildings
    generates a 20% saving on total construction cost

  • Recycled copper saves up to 85% energy compared to original production. This is the annual equivalent of emissions from

    16 million cars
  • By 2030, copper could reduce the world’s carbon footprint by 16%

The copper industry: Working on 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