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Horizons podcast: Red metal, green demand

Copper’s critical role in achieving net zero

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This episode, we're joined by Bernard Respaut, Chief Executive of the European Copper Institute and Nick Pickens, Research Director, Copper at Wood Mackenzie. They discuss how Copper will be a key component within a zero-carbon economy and what the increasing demand means for the industry. 

As we move towards net zero, we’ll see a huge increase in EV and renewable energy production. Metals will be a linchpin of a zero-carbon economy.  

Copper – in the form of wire, cable and foil – will bind and connect the batteries, motors and electrical networks that we’ll need for vehicles, solar panels and storage. However, the pull on the world’s resources to achieve this structural change will be transformational, dwarfing the demand increases we have seen over the past 30 years. 

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