2011 was a challenging year for the copper industry. Largely as a result of low activity levels in many national construction markets, the International Copper Study Group* expects EU27 refined copper usage to be slightly below the 2010 total of 3.33 million tonnes. Demand in the rest of Europe will increase by 35%, driven mainly by Russian tariffs which favoured the export of wire-rod over cathodes. Globally, refined demand will be close to 20 million tonnes, up 3.6% on 2010.
2012 was a difficult year for the European copper industry. Due to a combination of Government austerity programs, stricter borrowing conditions for consumers and low activity levels, particularly in most national construction markets, the International Copper Study Group1 expects EU27 refined copper usage to be 3.1 million tonnes, 7% below the 2011 total. Globally, refined demand is expected to be around 20.7 million tonnes, up 4% on 2011.
ECI, November 2013
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.
Our new Annual Report summarises the key regulatory and market issues impacting the competitiveness of the European copper industry and the demand for its products throughout 2013.
This year report is structured around two main sections, the first focuses on regulatory initiatives impacting the industry’s licence to operate. The second, which covers market access issues for products, shows how ECI’s work is aimed at defending and growing end-use demand.
In this new submission, ECI wishes to highlight aspects that are specific to the European copper sector. It concludes with a list of recommendations needed to safeguard the industry’s global competitiveness.
ECI, July 2014
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.
Energy Efficiency Industrial Forum, February 2013
The Coalition for ENERGY SAVINGS, December 2011
The Coalition for ENERGY SAVINGS, November 2012