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We drive low carbon industry innovation.

Global energy consumption from industry has the potential to be reduced by 25% if the best available technologies are adopted to improve efficiency. Our Industry program brings together the key players from business and government to discuss, collaborate and share knowledge in a way that supports industry action and encourages clear and supportive policies.


Into the Modern Mine

Technological progress in mining has a long history, and innovation remains a priority for the copper industry. The modern copper mine demonstrates decades of innovations working to minimize environmental impact, protect workers and increase efficiency. Innovation is occurring within a myriad of different applications, from enhanced mobile connectivity in drilling to vehicle automation.

Copper—The Pathway to Net Zero

Today, the copper industry accounts for about 0.2 percent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, and demand for copper is expected to double by 2050—from 25 million tonnes in 2020 to 50 million tonnes—driven by critical decarbonization technologies, such as wind turbines, photovoltaic panels, heat pumps, electric vehicles and energy-efficient equipment.

That is why the International Copper Association (ICA) and its members have developed a roadmap for bringing the carbon footprint as close as possible to net zero by 2050 for copper mining, smelting, refining and recycling.


Watch to learn about the multiple ways copper advances the circular economy.
ICA and its members are proud to launch Copper—The Pathway to Net Zero, a decarbonization roadmap for the copper industry.
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International Copper Association is the Industry Program Partner for Climate Week NYC