Why Copper


The typical battery-powered electric vehicle requires approximately four times more copper than a conventional internal combustion vehicle.

Copper is one of the most heavily utilized metals in the world, and one of the most widely recycled.

Copper is an essential part of modern life, and used extensively:

Copper – a long history and bright future

10,000 years
copper is humanity's oldest mined metal, used for over 100 centuries
400 +
copper alloys are currently in use, including brass and bronze
33 %
of current demand is met with recycled copper
18 Elements
including gold, silver, cobalt and molybdenum are by-products of copper mining


Copper is a fundamental part of life today and an indispensable part of the future. It is an essential component in the computers, servers, tablets and smartphones that keep people connected. And as the world transitions away from carbon-based infrastructure to electric vehicles and renewable power, demand for copper – already among the most heavily consumed metals in the world – is only going to grow. The typical battery-powered electric vehicle, for example, requires approximately four times more copper than a conventional internal combustion engine vehicle.

Copper helped usher in modern civilization thousands of years ago and has been contributing to the advancement of humankind ever since. It is affordable, adaptable and ever present – an essential and necessary part of modern life today and tomorrow.

The Scarcity of Copper

We are currently looking at a significant gap in the inability of global copper mine supply to meet long-term demand expectations with the scarcity of new copper projects, declining grades and increasing social and technical challenges in bringing new projects online.