Copper ore and concentrates shortage


Copper is extensively used as a conducting material in many industries. It has a base-life-index of between 30-60 years at current rate of extraction.


If the consumption level of developing countries were to grow to that of rich industrial countries, then copper reserves would only last 9.6 more years (1994 estimate).

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST