Mr Thomas Parker (ESS)
About three years ago, three organisations - ESS, CERN and ERF - had simultaneously identified a need for a gathering of laboratories in Europe to discuss sustainability and energy challenges and solutions. Together, we organised the 1st Energy for Sustainable Science @ RI workshop in Lund, Sweden, two years ago. 150 participants gathered from a great many European laboratories, and a few transatlantic. They represented a broad variety of RI: accelerators, data centres, even wind tunnels. The challenges identified and discussed included sustainability, energy quality and energy price and risk. Responses proposed and presented spanned over the strategic, technical and managerial responses. The workshop clearly showed that there were common challenges and solutions that could be shared. Solutions presented also showed that developments at RI that could be applied elsewhere giving additional benefit to the broader community.