Cutting emissions by drug industry is crucial to reducing NHS’s carbon footprintBMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8243 (Published 03 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8243
- Nigel Hawkes
Two thirds of the total greenhouse gas emissions accounted for by the NHS in England come from sources not directly controlled by the NHS: drugs, medical devices, business services, and manufactured products have a far larger “carbon footprint” than do hospitals, ambulances, or catering. Drugs alone account for more than 20% of total emissions and devices another 8%.
The figures make it clear that the drug and medical device industry is important if the NHS as a whole is to reduce its impact on the environment. New guidelines (http://bit.ly/XhJVGn), just published by Environmental Resources Management, a leading consultancy in international sustainability, provide a systematic way of working out the greenhouse gas emissions for drugs and medical products, as a conference held …