MINING AND COPPER CAN BE GREENTHE FACTSROSEMONT COPPER will pro-            Arizona, the Copper State, provides 65 percent...
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Rosemont Copper - Mining can be green - Fact Sheet

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Fact sheet describing copper's role in the green economy.

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Rosemont Copper - Mining can be green - Fact Sheet

  1. 1. MINING AND COPPER CAN BE GREENTHE FACTSROSEMONT COPPER will pro- Arizona, the Copper State, provides 65 percent of the United States’ supply ofvide five percent of the entire copper on only a quarter of one percent of the state’s land.United States’ copper needs for awhole generation of Americans, Fossil fuel savings rely on copper and molybdenum:as well as molybdenum and sil-ver. These metals are essential • The average car has 50 pounds of copperto our way of life and have a sig- • The new hybrid vehicles use twice as much coppernificant impact on U.S. energy • An alloy of molybdenum and steel makes auto parts stronger and lighterindependence and other envi- Alternative energy sources rely on copper:ronmental savings. • Today’s solar cells rely on copper, but the next generation will depend on copper even more • Siemens Solar Group has created a new thin-film solar cell coated with copper indium diselenide, producing a semi-conductor, which supplies electricity at a cost 10 times less than traditional solar cells • Solar energy is quiet, gives off no pollution, requires no water and can be used to generate both electricity and fuels • A single large wind turbine contains more than one ton of copper A community trust funded by Rosemont Copper will pro- tect open space in perpetuity: • A $25 million community endowment – managed by Arizonans - will be created over the life of the mine and an additional $500,000 will be donat- ed annually during operations Copper keeps working: • It’s one of the most recycled metals • In the U.S. alone, 50 percent of the copper content of all new products comes from recycled copper • Many green building products have high recycled content—often exceeding 80% • Across its life cycle—from extraction to recycling—copper has a minimal impact on energy consumption and natural resources Copper, sliver and molybdenum are essential to our way of life and have a significant impact on U.S. energy independence and environmental savings.

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