Sustainable Development Goals

Electrical safety

Copper's unique electrical and thermal properties make it the most secure, efficient and durable material for residential and commercial installations.

Copper is also maintenance-free, lasts for decades and can be recycled, perpetually. Other conductors require periodic maintenance and increase the risk of hot spots and potential for fires. Flawed electrical wiring remains the main cause for fires in buildings causing billions of dollars in damages every year as well as loss of life.

With this in mind, ICA works alongside partners such as governments, power utilities and trade unions to educate people about the best practices for electrical safety. "Casa Segura" is one initiative that started in Chile and has now expanded to other countries in South America where useful safety information is disseminated in electricity bills. Another successful partnership with local organizations USAID, Nexans and AES Electropaulo, involved the installment of 4,000 safe and reliable connections to the grid in the second largest "favela" of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Paraisopolis project continues with approximately 500,000 connections made to date and a 100 percent payment rate, with a surprising side benefit for the locals claiming their right to citizenship through the payment of these bills.

The safety issue extends to Europe and many parts of the world where older buildings with tired installations can also be a serious fire hazard.

Copper enhances home safety

Copper wiring delivers:

Reliability: Copper conductors increase system safety and quality, improving the performance of the construction and adding value to the property;

Efficiency: Copper conductors reduce energy losses leading to lower CO2 emissions and lower utility bills;

Quality: Copper is easy to install, offers excellent performance and has a value that makes it economically attractive to recycle.