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


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.

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Simone Fazio
David Pennington
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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:
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Issue date 2000-01-01
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Geographic area European Union
Temporal coverage

From: 2000-01-01 – To: 2009-12-31

Update frequency irregular
Language English
Data theme(s) Environment; Science and technology
EuroVoc domain(s) 36 SCIENCE; 52 ENVIRONMENT

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