Ecological copper in the manufacture of electrical cables

2023-09-26 18:08:50

Prysmian Group incorporates the use of ecological copper in the manufacture of electrical cables in Brazil

World leader in the energy and telecommunications cable systems industry, the Prysmian Group begins to incorporate the use of ecological copper in the manufacture of electrical cables in its industrial plants in Brazil.

In line with the ambition of positioning itself among the major references in driving the planet’s energy and digital transition, the measure consists of using recycled copper in part of its products.

To ensure the quality and origin of the product, the Prysmian Group has developed a robust raw material approval process, removing any stigma in relation to market practices that, unfortunately, have always put the quality and suitability of the electrical cables they use at risk. copper “subtracted” from spinning mills and recycled.

Company will use ecological copper, recycled from controlled origin to reduce CO2 emissions and facilitate the global energy transition

In addition to not affecting the quality and efficiency of the company’s products, attributes that have been recognized repeatedly by the market for decades, the attitude symbolizes a necessary change of perspective on the use of non-recycled copper.

Just like oil, elements such as copper, aluminum and nickel are finite natural resources. Research by consultancy Wood Mackenzie estimates that, in addition to what is currently produced, another 90 million tons of copper will be needed to meet demand over the next 20 years.

However, mining and smelting primary copper consumes more energy and emits more CO2 than when it needs to be recycled. Also according to Wood Mackenzie, mining emits 2.3 to 2.5 tons of carbon per ton of metal, while smelting adds another 1.65 tons. Recycling copper, on the other hand, can reduce emissions related to its manufacturing by up to 65%.

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Anixter International is a leading global distributor of electrical and electronic cables, security solutions, wires and cables that adds value to the distribution process.

Additionally, the reuse of copper is the most effective way to meet the demand for electrification in the coming decades, driven, above all, by the massification of electric cars, renewable energy installations (solar and wind, mainly), and their connection to lines transmission and distribution.

The use of ecological copper from cables stolen from networks, however, will not be Prysmian’s first initiative towards greater use of recycled raw materials. In recent months alone, the company has launched innovative products such as the P-Laser, the first high-performance power cable built by the Group entirely with recycled materials, and the Ecoslim, an optical cable made with 50% less virgin plastic in its composition. Also noteworthy is Afumex Green Iristech, which uses plastic of plant origin in part of its insulation.

The strategy of using recycled raw materials is crucial for Prysmian to achieve the objectives established in the climate ambition, especially in relation to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2022, the company has already managed to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 24% compared to 2019, setting the path to achieving the goal of net zero by 2035. Scope 3 emissions fell by 7% in same period and the goal is to reach net zero in this scope by 2050.

The Group has committed to a capital expenditure (Capex) of 100 million euros between 2021 and 2030 exclusively to achieve these goals established in its climate plan, the bases of which were approved by the Science Based Targets (SBTi) initiative.

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Prysmian Group

Prysmian Group is a global leader in the power and telecommunications cable systems industry. With almost 150 years of experience, sales of more than €16 billion in 2022, around 30,000 employees in more than 50 countries and 108 factories, the Group is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and offers the widest possible range of products, services , technologies and know-how.

It operates in the business of underground and submarine cables and energy transmission and distribution systems, special cables for applications in various industries and medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors. For the telecommunications industry, the Group manufactures cables and accessories for voice, video and data transmission, offering a wide range of optical fibers, optical and copper cables and connectivity systems. Prysmian is a public company, listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in the FTSE MIB index.

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