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Europe’s microwaves emitting as much CO2 as 7 million cars

Microwave usage across the EU emits as much carbon dioxide as nearly seven million cars, new research suggests.

The study suggest microwaves in the EU emit the same CO2 as 7 million cars each year.

The study suggest microwaves in the EU emit the same CO2 as 7 million cars each year.

The cradle-to-grave analysis of microwave usage by the University of Manchester found that microwaves emit 7.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year in the EU. This is equivalent to the annual emissions of 6.8 million cars.

The authors suggested efforts to reduce consumption should focus on improving consumer awareness and behaviour to use appliances more efficiently, while also addressing issues with consumers discarding working electrical and electronic equipment for new and improved models due to rapid technological developments and falling prices.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.