Copper wire; technology mix; consumption mix, at plant; cross section 1 mmy (Location: EU-15)

Collection: EPLCA : European Platform on Life Cycle Assessment 


The data set is part of a LCA study on copper products. The study is based on recent industry data supplied by the European copper industry, and thus reflecting the reality in copper semis fabrication. Copper wiring is the standard in residential building wire and its use in transformers and motor driven systems helps to increase energy efficiency. In electrical applications, while the use phase is the most important in the overall Life Cycle Assessment, the economic value of copper scrap, based on its ability to be recycled 100% without any loss in performance, must also be included in comparative assessments. Given the broad range of wire diameters in use in the market, the data provided is for one metre of uninsulated copper wire, with a cross section of one square millimetre. The data values should be adjusted to fit the exact wire size for any given application. For example, a typical residential building wire has a cross section of 2.5 square millimetres.

Technical Purpose: Copper wire for usage in electric motors (all kind of electric coils), conductors, inductors as well as for wiring in cars, houses /

buildings, ships, aircrafts, etc.

Geographical Representation: EU-15


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  • Simone Fazio
  • David Pennington

How to cite

Fazio, Simone; Pennington, David (2000): Copper wire; technology mix; consumption mix, at plant; cross section 1 mmy (Location: EU-15). European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID:


Metals and semimetals Materials production

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European Union

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2000-01-01 2009-12-31

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European Commission, Joint Research Centre
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