The International Copper Association (ICA) is the leading organization for promoting the use of copper worldwide. Its mission is to bring together the global copper industry to develop and defend markets for copper and to make a positive contribution to society’s sustainable development goals.
ICA’s 39 member companies represent the majority of the world’s refined copper output and are among the largest copper producers, fabricators, and wire and cable
companies in the world.
As part of its commitment to Sustainable Development, the copper industry is committed to providing data and information to enable users of copper to evaluate its impacts and benefits across the life cycle, from raw material extraction to end-of life recycling.
This environmental profile summarizes the results of the International Copper Association’s Copper Cathode Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). The profile was developed to provide information and life cycle data from the mining stage to copper production to actors along the copper value chain. A more detailed dataset can also be obtained upon request to help downstream users of copper understand the environmental impacts of their products when conducting their own LCA studies.