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Study Shows Microwaves May Release As Much Greenhouse Gases As Vehicles

Study Shows Microwaves May Release As Much Greenhouse Gases As Vehicles

The use of microwaves across the EU only releases as much CO2 as approximately 7 Million vehicles as per a new research by The University of Manchester. The research team at the University has conducted the first-ever wide-ranging research of the environmental influences of microwaves, taking into account their complete life cycle.

The research established:

  • Microwaves release 7.7 million tons of CO2 equivalent every year in the European Union. This is correspondent to the yearly releases of 6.8 Million motor vehicles.
  • Microwaves throughout the EU devour a projected 9.4 TWh (terawatt hours) of electrical power each year, which is correspondent to the yearly electricity produced by 3 huge gas power plants.
  • Attempts to decrease usage should concentrate on enhancing consumer alertness and behavior to use machines more competently.

Microwaves make up the major sales percentage of all sorts of ovens in the EU with digits placed to attain by 2020 almost 135 Million. In spite of this, the measure of their influence on the surroundings was not recognized until now.

Life cycle assessment (LCA) was used in the research to assess the influence of microwaves, in view of their use, end-of-life waste management, and manufacture. Overall, the research team examined 12 diverse environmental factors, consisting of exhaustion of natural resources, ecological toxicity, and climate change.

The study demonstrates that the key environmental “hotspots” are substances utilized to build the microwaves, the end-of-life waste management, and manufacturing process. Nevertheless, it is consumption of electrical power by microwaves that have the largest influence on the environment, in view of its complete life phase, from the manufacture of fuels to production of electricity. Overall, microwaves throughout the EU devour a projected 9.4 TWh of power each year, which is correspondent to the yearly electricity production by 3 huge gas power plants.

The research established that, averagely, a single microwave makes use of 573 kWh (kilowatt hour) of power throughout its lifetime of 8 Years, which is equal to the power utilized by a LED light bulb of 7 Watt, kept on constantly for around 9 Years. This is in spite of the point that microwaves employ more than 90% of their lifespan being futile, in the standby mode.

The authors of the study recommend that attempts to decrease the usage should concentrate on enhancing the consumer alertness and behavior to use gadgets more resourcefully. Also, the research demonstrates that prevailing rule will not be adequate to decrease the environmental influences of microwaves. It suggests that it will be vital to bring up particular rules for these appliances targeting their layout. This will assist to lessen the mass of resources utilized to fabricate microwaves and waste produced at the end of their lifespan.

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