Electrification and green energy: The value of an ‘end-to-end’ decarbonised copper supply chain.
Theatre : Supply Chain, Trade and Policy
Copper is an essential material to facilitate wide scale electrification, the green energy transition and industrial decarbonisation. In his keynote speech Kevin Draper will cover the anticipated demand and how Metelec as a leading copper distributor and manufacturer of busbar connectors is providing solutions in an end-to-end supply chain.
Metelec’s product starts with ‘Green Copper’, material that is smelted in their EU parent company from a 100% scrap source with hydro power to reduce carbon emissions. Metelec’s starting position is one that many players in the metals sector aspire to reach. The Metelec business is moving to a ‘state-of-the-art’ manufacturing distribution centre in the UK with the intent to invest in renewable power to facilitate low carbon manufacturing.
During his speech, Kevin will challenge how low carbon footprint is valued. What is the value to customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders? There are clear challenges around policies and incentives that enable businesses to accelerate towards low carbon manufacturing and distribution. There are clear opportunities for customers to participate in Metelec’s established ‘end-to-end’ supply chain from a recycling and upcycling perspective. There is a clear global need, but will it be the carrot or the stick that drives this?