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World Copper Conference goes virtual for 2021

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The World Copper Conference 2021 will be held virtually on the 12th and 13th of April. The conference which happens during CESCO week, offers the most important business and networking opportunities in the mining industry. Normally, approximately 500 senior executives, including the most influential copper market executives meet face to face at this crucial copper industry conference, representing the complete copper value chain from miners, to smelters, traders and end-users. This year’s virtual event is expected to be well supported as travel is not required and unfinished business remains from last year’s pandemic-affected conference.

Following such a challenging year, the event will convene one of the most impressive groups of industry leaders of any event in the mining industry. As well as a keynote address from the Ministry of Mines, Chile, Octavio Araneda, CEO of Codelco, Ragnar Udd, President of Minerals Americas, BHP, Aaron Puna, Executive President of Chile, Anglo American, Joshua Olmstead, President and Chief Operating Officer – Americas of Freeport-McMoRan, Ivan Arriagada, Group CEO of Antofagasta, Peter Kukielski, President and CEO of Hudbay, Diego Hernández, President of Sonami, Marcin Chludzinski, CEO of KGHM, and many others will be speaking at the conference.

The most pressing issues currently facing the industry will be discussed such as bottlenecks and challenges to future copper supply, the impact of COVID on operations and projects, carbon dioxide emissions mitigation and the related challenges and opportunities for mining, responsible sourcing and traceability, China’s 5-year plan and China’s green pivot.

Marta Dec, Senior Analyst from CRU, said: “In the next decade, we are expecting to see strong synergies between metal producers, processors and consumers, as the industry looks to attain a low carbon footprint. Without vital support from consumers and investors, it will take much longer for green metals to become a consistent feature of the industry. Automation, integration and hydrogen are just a few of the many options available to the mining industry to achieve these objectives. During the pandemic, ESG has become an even more relevant challenge. Miners are now expected to increase their efforts in providing support not only to their workforce but also to local communities. In the next decade, delivering financial performance will be equally as important as achieving responsible production and creating a beneficial outcome for communities.”

Attendees to the World Copper Conference get the opportunity to discuss these challenges as well as gain access to a Risk adjusted decision making toolkit workshop, The International Copper Associations workshop, a panel on diversity and inclusion as well as the Sulphuric Acid Seminar.

Bechtel, Worley, Collahuasi, Freeport-McMoRan, London Metal Exchange and the International Copper Association, Government of South Australia, and SolGold are key sponsors, along with industry support from CESCO.

The World Copper Conference will take place virtually on 12 – 13 April 2021.

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