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What is the carbon footprint of the LHC at CERN?

What is the carbon footprint of the LHC at CERN? Is it worth it?
Mary Griffiths from North Yorkshire (Age 45-54)

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  1. During 1996, in normal operation (of approx. 4000 hours), LEP consumed ? 262 GWh (262 million kWh), or less than 0.01 % of the electricity used in Europe. This rate of power consumption is lower than that of a jumbo-jet for the same operating time. It is slightly over half the power consumption for households in the Canton of Geneva which is some 483 GWh a year. For 1996, the total electricity consumption by CERN was ? 933 GWh (or 933 million kWh).

  2. Nice. But, “What is the carbon footprint of the LHC at CERN? Is it worth it?”

    And if I recall from other articles, most of that power is from atomic sources, so what is the radioactive waste footprint of the LHC if atomic energy is offsetting carbon based energy sources?

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