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ECI 2017 Annual Report

The European Copper Institute (ECI) coordinates a team of professionals based in offices across Europe, and works closely with its copper industry members on regulatory matters and market development programmes. Our 2017 report provides an overview of who we are and how we operate, and presents our main activities throughout the year.

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Technical Information on Materials Intended for Use with Food

This fact sheet provides technical information on the use of copper and its alloys for food contact materials, including an overview of the latest European legislation.

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2016 Annual Report

ECI and its network of national associations in Europe, collectively part of the Copper Alliance, bring together the copper industry to develop markets for copper, ensure fair market access for copper products and support the copper industry’s license to operate. This report presents our association’s main activities in 2016 and describes, where appropriate, how they fit into the European legislative agenda.

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2015 Annual Report

ECI and its network of national associations in Europe, collectively part of the Copper Alliance, continued its efforts to defend and grow markets for copper, ensure fair market access for copper products, and support the copper industry’s license to operate.

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Mineral resources in life cycle impact assessment - defining the path forward

New, harmonized terminology is discussed and proposed in a paper published recently in the International Journal of Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA), entitled “Mineral resources in life cycle impact assessment—defining the path forward”. Co-authored by the ECI, this new paper, supports the LCA practitioners to build mutual understanding with the mineral industry, and recommends tools for use in life cycle sustainability assessment.

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ECI Input into the Public Consultation on Circular Economy (August 2015)

Global competition for resources is increasing. Supply concentration of resources, particularly critical raw materials outside the European Union, makes European industry and society dependent on imports and increasingly vulnerable to high prices, market volatility, and the political situation in supplying countries.

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Energy Union: ‘First stop, efficiency’

A new briefing from the Coalition for Energy Savings takes stock of the state of energy savings in the EU and of its potential to reap the multiple benefits of an energy-efficient European Union.

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Ecodesign Directive: Six Reasons Why Building Automation Should Be Included in the 2015-2017 Working Plan

Action on making the current policy frameworks more supportive of unlocking the large-scale savings of Building Automation and Control Systems (BACS) contributes to several dimensions of the Energy Union strategy.

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The Role of the Demand Side in the Power System

The consultation on a new market design represents an opportunity for the European Union to embark on a course to increase the weight of demand in the power system.

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The Use of Electricity in Heating and Cooling Could Facilitate the Penetration of Renewables and Lower Carbon Emissions in Europe

Following the European Commission’s Heating & Cooling Strategy Consultation Forum, held in Brussels on September 9th, the European Copper Institute (ECI) is convinced that very significant opportunities exist, within the heating & cooling sector, to save energy, to increase the use of renewable-based technologies, thus reducing the dependency on imported fuels, and to better connect the EU’s electricity and thermal energy markets.

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Copper Industry Calls for New Approach to Reduce EU Carbon Emissions

ECI’s plan identifies strategies for seven copper-based technologies that could deliver substantial carbon reductions in the downstream industrial, residential and service sectors. Fully implemented, the plan could reduce EU CO2 emissions by 25%, or 1,100 million tonnes per year, by 2050, versus 2011 levels.

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Copper's Contribution to a Low-Carbon Future

A plan to decarbonise Europe by 25%

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