Who We Are

Current Work and Activities

The International Copper Study Group maintains activities in four core areas:

1. Statistics

The ICSG maintains one of the world's most complete historical and current database providing access to production, consumption and trade data for copper, copper products and secondary copper, price series, and information on copper mines and plants.  Contact the ICSG Secretariat for further information.

The ICSG releases a monthly Press Release providing the very latest information on supply and demand.

2. Environment & Health

The ICSG follows a variety of regulatory issues, mostly environmental and health, of interest to the copper industry, e.g., REACH, Basel Convention, Copper in Drinking Water, Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution and Heavy Metal Protocol, and Climate Changes. As some of our government members are actively involved in these files, participants to ICSG meetings obtain debriefings on the latest activities and discuss possible strategies in dealing with some of these issues.

In March 1997, the ICSG hosted the first World Conference on Copper Recycling, which brought together industry, governments and academia to discuss issues relevant to the recycling of copper (regulatory, market, technical).  Following member approval in May 2007, the Secretariat launched a new copper scrap project that is designed to provide greater transparency on an increasingly vital component of the world copper market at a time when globalization is reshaping the copper scrap and copper alloy recycling business.

3. Economics

The Group has produced and sponsored a number of research publications including its annual report on first use capacities and studies that have examined copper markets in Zambia, the European Union, India, Central Europe, ASEAN countries and parts of Latin America. Most of these market studies are available from the ICSG Secretariat.

4. International Commodity Body

As the recognized International Commodity Body for copper by the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), the ICSG prioritizes, formulates and supervises CFC-financed projects relating to copper. Currently, the ICSG is supervising a project focused on the transfer of technology for high pressure copper die casting in India and has supervised a range of earlier projects, including one to promote greater copper use in energy efficient products in India and China.

Organizational Structure

The ICSG consists of:

  •  A General Session of members which is the governing authority of the ICSG;

  •  Subordinate Committees such as the Standing, Finance, Environmental and Economic, and Statistics Committees responsible for debating, approving and reviewing the Group's work program, as well as for serving as the medium for discussions;

  •  A Secretariat, whose Executive Head is the Secretary General, consisting of professional staff located in the Group's Headquarters, Lisbon, Portugal;

  •  An Industry Advisory Panel consisting of industry representatives of member delegations and invited observersThe ICSG consists of: A General Session of members which is the governing authority of the ICSG Subordinate Committees such as the Standing, Finance, Environmental and Economic, and Statistics Committees responsible for debating, approving and reviewing the Group's work program, as well as for serving as the medium for discussions A Secretariat, whose Executive Head is the Secretary General, consisting of professional staff located in the Group's Headquarters, Lisbon, Portugal An Industry Advisory Panel consisting of industry representatives of member delegations and invited observers.

ICSG Officers and Secretariat

International Copper Study Group Officers for 2018
Chairperson Mr Sergio Hernandez (Chile)
Vice Chairperson Mr Li Yusheng (China)
   
Standing Committee
Chairperson Mr Ricardo Labo (Peru)
Vice Chairperson Mr Mitsunori Fukuda (Japan)
Finance Committee Chairperson Mr Henrique Santos (Portugal)
 
Environmental and Economic Committee
Chairperson                 Mr Piotr Krawczyk (Poland)
Vice Chairperson                 Mr K D Diwan (India)
Vice Chairperson                 Mr Dieudonné Tambwe (D.R. Congo)
 
Statistical Committee
Chairperson                 Mr Daniel Flanagan (U.S.A.)
Vice Chairperson                 Ms Manuela Ramirez (Spain)
Vice Chairperson                 Ms Cao Mingyue (China)
 
Industry Advisory Panel
Chairperson Mr Mark Loveitt (IWCC)

 

Secretariat
Secretary General Mr Paul White
Director of Market Research and Statistics Ms Ana Rebelo
Director of Economics and Environment Mr Carlos Risopatron
Manager of Statistical Analysis Mr Shairaz Ahmed
Secretary Ms Fatima Cascalho

Members & Observers

 

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Membership is open to any country involved in copper production, consumption, or international trade and any international governmental organization competent to negotiate, conclude and implement international agreements, in particular those related to commodities.

Countries who would like to obtain more information on joining the International Copper Study Group should contact the Secretary General , ICSG.

Intergovernmental and international organizations sharing common interests may be granted observer status by Group.

Organizations who would like to obtain more information on being granted observer status should contact the Secretary General , International Copper Study Group.

Who We Are

The International Copper Study Group (ICSG) was established in 1992 in order to promote international co-operation on issues concerning copper by improving the information available on the international copper economy and by providing a forum for intergovernmental consultations on copper.

In order to fulfill its mandate, the Study Group has three objectives:

  1. Promoting international cooperation on matters related to copper, such as health and the environment, research, technology transfer, regulations, and trade.
  2. Providing a global forum where industry and governments can meet and discuss common problems/objectives. The ICSG is the only inter-government forum solely dedicated to copper. The meetings of the Study Group are open to government members, their industry advisors, and invited observers.
  3. Increasing market transparency and promoting an exchange of information on production, consumption, stocks, trade, and prices of copper by forecasting production and consumption and by assessing the present and future capacities of copper mines, plants, smelters and refineries.

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