The UK Government has set ambitious targets for carbon reduction through the Greening Government Commitment (GGC), the Climate Change Act (2008) and Carbon Budgets. The Climate Change Act (2008) was introduced to ensure the UK cuts its absolute carbon emissions by 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. This plan brings together practitioners, entrepreneurs, academics, and policymakers and encourages cutting-edge innovations to support the GGC on carbon reduction.
The NHS spends between £50-60 million on inhalational anaesthetic gases per year, approximately 98% of these gases are vented to the atmosphere. The inhalational anaesthetic agent’s sevoflurane, isoflurane and desflurane have global warming potentials of 2-3 orders of magnitude higher than carbon dioxide.
Working closely with local Hospital Trusts, SageTech, a high-tech start-up based in Devon have developed a state-of-the-art technology to capture and recycle anesthetics.
As part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) project, members of the ECEHH were collaborating with this local start-up to estimate the economic and environmental impacts of their new technology by employing life-cycle assessments and input-output models.
Videos below provide an overview of this technology.