Green Anaesthesia: Anaesthetist's contribution to global warming
The 2019 NHS Long term plan states that carbon emissions from anaesthesia should be reduced by 2%. What does this mean, what is the time frame, and how are we going to achieve this?
The Government has put climate change, the environment and sustainability issues high on the agenda, with goals and timelines to reduce carbon emissions becoming more ambitious.
Anaesthesia is at the forefront of making changes and is working with a host of stakeholders from industry and allied medical specialties, to our European counterparts. In this meeting Dr Samantha Shinde will discuss how strategies at a national level are making a change and, importantly, how individuals can make a difference.
This meeting will:
- Discuss the high greenhouse gas impact of volatile agents and nitrous oxide, and look at strategies to reduce our carbon footprint
- Explore how new innovations in technology and equipment can reduce our carbon emissions
- Discuss how manufacturers, NHSE, supply chains, Trusts and individuals can make a difference
- Look at ways to reduce nitrous usage in maternity, emergency departments and ambulances