Throughout 2014, ECI plus its network of nine national Copper Development Associations operated with a budget of €13 million to develop and carry out promotional and regulatory affairs activities.
In addition, European resources managed a €1.4 million budget for projects targeted at impacting the global demand for copper.
The International Copper Association, representing the world’s leading mining companies, independent smelter/refiners and semi-fabricators, provided 80% of the annual industry budget.
Over 100 partners, both academic institutions and industrial companies, continue to provide strong support for ECI’s Leonardo ENERGY program, which broadly promotes the sustainable generation, distribution and use of electrical energy.
Other key projects, supported by significant funding from partners outside the industry, were:
- A partnership with the Economic Community of West-African States, worth €0.7 million/year from 2012 through 2015, to support the setting of technical standards and advocacy on energy efficiency;
- The second, worth €2.4 million/year for 2012 through 2015, with the Clean Energy Solutions Centre, a joint initiative of the United Nations and the Clean Energy Ministerial, to promote policies and programs that encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy;
- The third, worth €0.4 million/year, with FISUEL, the International Federation for the Safety of Electricity Users, to raise awareness of the positive impacts that mandatory inspections of residential electrical installations have on reducing fires, deaths and injuries.