European Copper Institute

Benefits of Copper


Copper Plays a Crucial Role in Today’s Global Society – for our Health and Well-being, in the Home as well as in Business and Industry

A sophisticated, global supply chain, delivers over 25 million tonnes of copper products annually. We may not always see it, as copper is often hidden behind walls or inside equipment, covered by protective insulation, or below and above the ground, but almost every moment of our lives is impacted by the benefits provided by copper products.

Copper is essential for modern living. It delivers electricity and clean water into our homes and cities and makes an important contribution to sustainable development, as you can see in the Sustainability section.

Copper is an essential element for all lifeforms – the recommended daily allowance for an adult is 1.4 mg – see Health. Its intrinsic antimicrobial property has also been demonstrated to make hospital environments more hygienic and thus to reduce the risk of patients catching healthcare-associated infections.

Copper’s superior electrical and heat conductivity also help to protect the environment by improving energy efficiency, thereby reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.