​Copper in society

From the cables that feed electricity into our homes to the tiny connections in our computers and mobile phones, copper is an essential element in everyday life and continues to have an enduring role in modern society. The average suburban home contains close to 200 kilograms of copper.

What you may not know is that copper is the latest weapon in the war on drug-resistant superbugs. Thanks to its phenomenal antimicrobial properties, copper is being used in high touch areas of hospitals, healthcare centres and even on public transport to combat the spread of harmful bacterial infection.

Add to that copper's extensive use in green technologies such as solar cells and electric cars, and it's clear copper is more than just an essential element for powering our houses and technological gadgets. Copper has an enduring role in guaranteeing the health of modern society, and a vital part to play in the future of a sustainable world.