Copper and Society

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Copper plays a crucial role in today's society - for our own health and well-being, as well as in our homes, our business and our industries."

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A sophisticated, global supply chain, delivers over 25 million tonnes of copper product annually. We may not always see it – as copper or copper alloy is often hidden behind walls or inside equipment, covered by protective insulation, or below and above the ground – but copper in daily life impacts almost every person and aspect of society, thanks to the benefits provided by copper products. 

Copper is essential for modern living. It delivers electricity and clean water into our homes and cities and makes an important contribution to sustainable development, as you can see in the Sustainability section.

Copper is an essential element for all lifeforms – the recommended daily requirement for an adult is 1 - 2 mg (see Health). Its intrinsic antimicrobial property has also been demonstrated to reduce the risk of patients catching healthcare-associated infections by over 58%.

The superior electrical and heat conductivity properties of copper metal also help to protect the Environment by improving energy efficiency, thereby reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

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Health

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Copper is an essential trace element vital to the health of all living organisms. Without it, our blood would not be able to carry oxygen.

Environment

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Copper is a naturally occurring element. It is present in the earth's crust, in oceans, lakes and rivers; from trace elements to mine deposits and reserves.
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