Improved environmental compatibility
Improving the environmental performance of products as well as improving sustainability throughout the supply chain has become significantly more important for both consumers and industry in recent years. Until now, this information has been provided e.g. by independent data providers or research institutes and was often based on literature data. As a consequence, the currently available life cycle data for copper products can vary greatly and only inaccurately depict the real picture of copper production and processing.
The copper industry has responded to this market demand by providing adequate life cycle data for various copper products, such as copper sheet, wire and tube. The study was carried out in close cooperation with internationally recognised experts in the field of life cycle assessment and on the basis of internationally applicable standards (ISO standards) as well as globally recognised software (GaBi) and, in particular, the copper industry’s own production data.
In parallel, EU initiatives such as the “Sustainable Consumption and Production Action Plan” promote greater resource efficiency and the marketing of greener products.
The copper industry is a leader in industries committed to reducing the environmental impact of their operations. Today, one third of the energy consumption of modern European copper production is used for environmental protection measures.
All activities linked to Life Cycle are standardised. The aim of these is to ensure that the underlying assumptions are fair, particularly when making comparisons with other studies or materials.
Our teamThe experts at the Kupferverband have many years of experience in all questions concerning the range of applications of copper materials. They offer solutions to problems in materials science as well as to aspects of further processing, to environmental and health-related questions and to market issues.
Dr.-Ing. Ladji Tikana
Department of Industrial Applications, Materials Technology, Life Cycle Analysis
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