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. 

  • ICA at Climate Week NYC 2017

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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%