Greening for Bosons

Thomas Parker, Philip Peck

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Throughout history, scientific advancement has
been dependent upon advances in the technologies of
research. However, branches of research that today rely
on Research Infrastructures (RIs) such as accelerators
require technological investments so large that multination
collaborations are required to fund them. Modern
accelerator science also has massive (and increasing)
energy needs, yet the very provision of secure, equitable,
clean and cost effective energy is one of the greatest
sustainability challenges facing society. Modern energy
provision systems are fundamental to development, yet
also constitute one of the greatest threats to sustainability
via their contribution to environmental degradation and
climate change. This paper works from a premise that any
new proposal for investment in an RI should credibly
demonstrate that it would deliver more value than cost to
society. As our understanding of the negative impacts of
energy use grows, the demonstration of overall value
creation has become more complex; it must now include
consideration of an RI’s ‘energy system footprint’.
Programs to reduce the energy footprint can help address
this delicate balance. This paper uses experiences in the
development of the European Spallation Source (ESS) in
Sweden to demonstrate how credible programs to
improve the energy performance of an RI can take form.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event55th ICFA Advanced Beam Dynamics Workshop on High Luminosity Circular e+e- Colliders – Higgs Factory (HF2014) - Beijing
Duration: 2014 Oct 9 → …


Conference55th ICFA Advanced Beam Dynamics Workshop on High Luminosity Circular e+e- Colliders – Higgs Factory (HF2014)
Period2014/10/09 → …

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Physical Sciences
  • Natural Sciences


  • Energy
  • Accelerators
  • Research Infrastructure
  • High Energy Physics
  • Sustainability


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