Why Green Anaesthesia?
CO2e each year from NHS England
waste per theatre, every year
waste that could be recycled
The NHS produces around 5% of Scotland’s carbon emissions.
Anaesthesia, primarily volatile anaesthesia, accounts for 5% of NHS emissions.
Manufacture and procurement of volatiles has a significant unrecognised environmental impact.
As well as being potent greenhouse gases, volatile anaesthetics contribute to destruction of the ozone layer.
1 MAC-hour of desflurane, even at low flows has the equivalent emissions of burning a 30 litre tank of petrol.