What will respiratory medicine look like in 5 years’ time, when carbon rationing is re-shaping the NHS? The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) is starting an exciting
project, funded by GlaxoSmithKline, to improve the environmental
sustainability of respiratory medicine, focusing in particular on COPD. This programme has arisen from the Sustainable Specialties Programme
developed by CSH and supported by other key national bodies such as the
NHS Sustainable Development Unit. The Sustainable Specialties Programme
began in 2009 with Green Nephrology and has since received wide acclaim
in national conferences and key documents for change such as the Marmot
One in every 100 tonnes of domestic waste generated in the UK comes from the NHS, with the vast majority going to landfill. NHS organisations should aspire to at least match the targets set for the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate (SOGE) targets in managing the different waste streams – this includes all departments increasing their recycling figures to 40% of their waste arisings by 2010 and to 75% of their waste arisings by 2020.