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Copper Regulations Framework

Whether it is to improve the efficiency and performance of applications across energy and healthcare, or to make transportation, architecture and heating and cooling systems more environmental friendly, copper products have never been more important for the sustainable growth of the European Union.

Through the activities of ECI and Eurometaux, the European copper industry is committed to working with the EU institutions to help meet high-level objectives on issues such as climate change, resource and energy efficiency, and the re-industrialisation of Europe. At the same time, the industry needs policies and actions that safeguard its competitiveness and the employment that it generates. Key issues include the Emissions Trading Scheme, REACH implementation and energy pricing.

The EU and national governments are adopting increasingly complex copper regulations covering, for example, consumer and environmental protection, occupational health and safety, industrial processes and the transport of metal-containing wastes. ECI is committed to working with regulators to ensure that these regulations provide fair treatment for copper production and copper development, plus market access for its products. One of ECI’s core competencies is to use the vast array of historical research on copper’s impacts on the environment and on human health to fill key data-gaps through independent research and to consolidate these findings into useful communications.

The Copper Voluntary Risk Assessment and the REACH dossier are the most extensive and up-to-date assessments available anywhere in the world. It is important and resource efficient, for both the industry and for policy makers and regulators around the world, to base future regulations and standards on these.

This section provides an overview of the most important regulations and initiatives currently impacting the copper industry and its value chain.


Benefits of a competitive European copper industry

Copper products deliver significant, positive impacts on climate change mitigation, by improving energy efficiency, lowering energy demand and enabling renewable technologies. The EU’s 20/20/20 energy targets cannot be met without the increased use of copper products. 

Copper in the Metals' World

The non-ferrous metals industry, especially in Europe, has made continuous progress in reducing its environmental impact by improving its resource and energy efficiency. Read more about the metals' industry commitment to sustainability.

Industrial & Environmental Policies

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Read more about the EU policies impacting the competitiveness of the copper industry.

Product, Energy & Climate Change Policies

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Read our position papers on EU policies impacting the use of copper products in Europe.


Since early 2008, ECI has provided leadership and secretariat services to the REACH Copper Consortium, a standalone business venture open to all potential REACH registrants. Its objective is to maximise the efficiency and cost effectiveness of its members’ efforts to meet their obligations.

EU Transparency Register

ECI was among the first to register under ID 04134171823-87 in the EU Transparency Register created to provide society at large with information on entities active in shaping future EU policies.

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