Furthermore, to meet future copper demand, an increase in mining and recycling as well as significant investments in primary production must be ensured. Ultimately, the impact for semi-finished products depends heavily on the environmental profiles of the copper cathode and the proportion of used scrap metal.
The central goals of environmentally sound development are the careful and efficient use of energy and raw material resources. The development of closed material cycles is an essential contribution on the way there. The copper industry takes these goals into account by processing and recycling almost all intermediate products that are produced during the production of copper. The decisive advantage of copper materials lies above all in their recyclability, as already described. Unlike many other materials, copper can be processed again and again into new, high-quality products without any loss of quality.
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