Life Cycle Assessment for Copper Products

Improving the environmental performance of products, along with enhancing sustainability throughout the supply chain, has gained significantly in importance in recent years, both for consumers and industries.

In parallel, EU initiatives, such as the Sustainable Consumption and Production Action Plan, foster greater resource efficiency and the commercialisation of more environmentally-friendly products.

The copper industry is at the forefront of industries committed to reducing the environmental impact of its operations. Today, one third of the energy consumption of modern European copper manufacturing is used to operate environmental protection measures.

Responding to requests from end-users and regulators, along with the industry’s own sustainable development goals, the copper industry has conducted detailed life cycle assessments (LCA) on the production of copper metal and the leading semi-finished copper products (tube, wire and sheet).

Below chart shows the LCA results (global Warming potential - GWP) according to the sources of impact : 

  •  Those directly controllable at the EU production site (blue)

  •  Indirect, as a result of local primary energy mix (yellow)

  •  Other indirect emissions occurring upstream in the value chain (orange)