Scrapheap of copper foilCopper is a widely-used material throughout industry. Its affordability, abundance, ductility, resistance to corrosion, malleability and conductivity makes copper a versatile material for many applications.  From providing power in industries to enabling our homes to function, here are some of the benefits of copper:

Copper is sustainable

Recycling copper is an efficient way of reintroducing valuable material to the economy. It can be recycled repeatedly without losing its value. In 2015, the International Copper Study Group (ICSG) found that 1.8 million tonnes of the copper used in Europe comes from recycling.  Energy and carbon dioxide is saved when copper is recycled as it requires approximately 85 per cent less energy than when mined and extracted from ore.

Copper improves energy efficiency

Producing the highest electrical conductivity among non-precious metals, the properties of copper make an excellent conductor for cables, wires and electrical equipment. Copper has less resistance to electrical currents than other materials, which is a major benefit for electronic components. Higher electrical conductivity produces higher energy efficiency. Higher energy efficiency provides a more compact design for electrical components. Transformers and motors are lighter with the use of copper in casing, connectors, electrical and insulation compared to other metals. Energy is also saved through the control and management of copper cables and wires.

Copper promotes greener and smarter cities

With an increasing rate of population growth, cities are expanding. Copper has a pivotal role in the plumbing, heating and cooling, wiring, roofing and lighting of buildings. As a durable, and sustainable material, recycled copper makes buildings greener when it’s incorporated with the building’s design, operation and construction.

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Copper helps keep a balanced diet

Copper isn’t only found in domestic and industrial electric components. Copper is actually present in some of the food and water we consume. It is an essential nutrient that enables the body to make red blood cells, maintain healthy blood vessels, nerves and bones, and improves the immune system. Leafy greens such as spinach, mustard greens and kale are excellent sources of copper.

The efficient use of copper will continue to power various industries and contribute to our daily lives. The recycling of copper increases the positive environmental impact of this valuable material.