Anaesthesia and the environment


Welcome to the AAGBI’s Anaesthesia and the environment section of the website.  Here you can find our policy statement on the environment and latest news and information for anaesthetists concerned about reducing the environmental impact of their clinical practice.


AAGBI Environmental Policy Statement

The AAGBI recognises that our actions have an impact on the environment around us and that this, in turn, affects people's health and wellbeing - now and in the future. follow link to view »

What can you do?

‘Green anaesthesia’ is really just an extension of actions that you ordinarily take to reduce your personal impact on the environment. Find out more »

Facts and figures

• The NHS produces 3% of all UK carbon dioxide emissions
• The NHS has a carbon footprint of ~ 19 million tonnes
• 408,000 tonnes of solid waste are produced annually by the NHS (4% of UK total), 29% of which is solid waste
• Less than 10% of NHS solid waste is recycled
• The NHS can save £180 million annually by reducing its carbon emissions
• Approximately 2300kg of anaesthetic waste is produced annually per theatre
• 40% of anaesthetic theatre waste is potentially recyclable
• Only 4% of sharps bin waste is appropriate disposed of

Facility Inhaled Anaesthetic CO2 Survey

Inhaled anesthetics are potent greenhouse gases, and waste is routinely vented off facility rooftops to the outdoor environment where emissions are currently not controlled. Project Drawdown aims to POOL ANONYMOUS DATA to benchmark facility-level inhaled anesthetic carbon footprints, as well as per-case averages, to compare and inspire performance improvement efforts.