Anaesthetics and inhaler resources

Anaesthetic gases

Additional resources to support your work:

The Association of Anaesthetists web pages have a wealth of advice for anaesthetists looking to reduce the environmental impact of their practice.

If you or someone in your department would like to be an Association of Anaesthetists Green Anaesthetics Champion you can sign up here.


Some of the significant groups working to reduce the impacts of pharmaceuticals and medical devices are listed below:

The Sustainable Healthcare Coalition (formerly known as the Coalition for Sustainable Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices) convenes expertise on sustainable medicine and medical devices has produced guidance for consistently appraising the environmental impacts of health care products and of health care pathways 

Health Care Without Harm aims to amplify the voices of healthcare professionals about key issues affecting the environment. HCWH runs the Safer Pharma campaign to tackle pharmaceutical pollution in the environment, from all stages of pharmaceuticals’ lifecycle.

Additional resources to support your work:

  • The carbon impact of prescribing at a GP, local area and regional and local level can be seen through the NHS BSA respiratory dashboard (to request access for this service you can contact )
  • Local levels of prescribing for Dry Powder Inhalers can be reviewed publicly on 
  • NICE have published a guide to support patients and clinicians to decide which inhaler is most suitable. It includes environmental information. Download the guide here.
  • The British Thoracic Society have included recommendations on low carbon prescribing in section 8.6 of the BTS/SIGN guidelines, published in July 2019.