Wednesday 1st December 2021

Dr Kay Leedham-Green (Imperial College London) and Dr Frances Mortimer (CSH) will discuss the environmental impact of metered dose inhalers and how we can address this while improving respiratory care

Tuesday 30th November 2021

A group from the Health Foundation's Q primary care and Q Sustainability special interest groups have been working on tools and resources to improve asthma care and simultaneously reduce the carbon footprint associated with suboptimal inhaler prescribing and inhaler use.

If you would like a preview of the work they are doing, this will be an opportunity to share your thoughts and give feedback. 

Blue, brown and now green

Useful information resource / infographic about different inhalers and the main differences between them - including environmental impact.

Could be helpful in teaching...


The Pharmaceutical Journal
June, 2020
Friday 10th July 2020

Free webinar from Greener Practice & RCGP

Inhalers for asthma and COPD have a disproportionate climate impact due to the propellant gases found in metered dose inhalers. In this webinar Dr James Smith will examine current inhaler prescribing patterns and why changing these in the UK is so important in our efforts to address climate change. 

Green Inhaler website

This patient- and clinician-facing website gives guidance on choosing inhalers with lower environmental impact - something which is now included in the BTS asthma guidelines.

Dr Alex Wilkinson
September, 2019

New BTS asthma guidelines encourage use of low-GWP inhalers

Section 8.6 of the new BTS/SIGN Guideline for the management of asthma highlights the environmental impact of metered dose inhalers (pMDI) and recommends that inhalers with low global-warming potential (GWP) should be used when likely to be equally effective.

British Thoracic Society
July, 2019


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