New award for excellence in sustainability
Developing a green anaesthesia agenda

The AAGBI recognises that our actions have an impact on the environment and regards global warming and climate change as pressing issues. In 2013 the Environmental Task Group of the AAGBI was formed to develop the idea of sustainable practice and to promote greener anaesthesia. Over the course of 2015/16, the Task Group is engaging with the wider membership to refine our sustainability policy and identify those actions where the specialty in general and the AAGBI in particular can make the greatest positive difference.

In 2014, we linked with Barema, the Association for Anaesthetic and Respiratory Device Suppliers, representing companies that manufacture or supply anaesthetic and respiratory equipment in the UK to establish the Barema & AAGBI Environment award. This recognises excellence in sustainability within the speciality and industry partners to further develop a greener anaesthesia agenda.

The Barema & AAGBI Environmental Award is an annual award for the single best initiative or project and consists of a £200 prize and a grant of £800 for support and development of the initiative or project. A short report is required detailing how the grant is spent and the impact it has made. Highly commended certificates may be awarded to applicants at the discretion of the judging panel.

Applications and criteria 2018

Applicants must demonstrate how their activity, project, campaign or other work (including original research), related to anaesthesia, intensive care or pain management, has had (and will continue to have) a measurable beneficial effect on the environment. Applications should include details of educational activities that have been carried out as part of the project, and how other key stakeholders have or will be involved to gain optimum benefit from the initiative. 

In assessing proposals, consideration will also be given to the following criteria (these are not weighted):

  1. Relevance: is what is proposed a distinctive contribution of the specialty to environmental sustainability in healthcare?
  2. Innovation: is what is proposed new or distinctive?
  3. Sustainability: can what is proposed be embedded in mainstream practice?
  4. Replicability: can what is proposed be delivered or adapted in other locations or settings
  5. Scaleability: can what is proposed be delivered on a larger scale?
  6. Strategic priorities: does the proposal align with AAGBI's strategic priorities?

The deadline for submission to the 2018 Barema & AAGBI Environmental Award is now closed.

Previous winners:

2018     Raising awareness of the benefits and reduced environmental impact of paediatric total intravenous anaesthesia - Drs Brooks and Dunn -
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

2017     Insensible (non-sensible) water loss - Drs Jeanes,  Douglass, and  Yentis - Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

2015     RecoMed trial at Queen Victoria Hospital NHS