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 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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