Exploring the potential of CERN’s technologies, facilities and know-how to support an effective and impactful ecological transition

The potential of technological innovation is vast, and when it comes to limiting the impact of harmful activities on our environment – such as energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions – it holds a particular significance. In this context, innovative ideas and technologies developed at research centres like CERN represent a promising opportunity to stimulate positive environmental impact.

The identified strategic sectors and sub-domains with high potential impact and strong synergies with CERN’s technical domains of expertise are:

  • renewable and low-carbon energy (production, transformation, distribution, storage),
  • clean transportation and future mobility (aviation, shipping, rail and automotive)
  • climate change and pollution control (monitoring, modelling, mitigation),
  • sustainability and green science (power management, heat management, industrial processes).

Some possible examples include superconducting technologies for high efficiency power distribution, cryogenics and vacuum systems  for advanced hydrogen storage, and big data analysis tools for global scale climate simulations.