Environmental impact of inhalers - average carbon footprint per salbutamol inhaler by all Sub-ICB Locations

Why it matters: The NHS has committed to reducing its carbon footprint by 80% by 2028 to 2032, including a shift to lower carbon inhalers.

Salbutamol metered dose inhalers (MDIs) are the single biggest source of carbon emissions from NHS medicines prescribing.

The NHS England National Medicines Optimisation Opportunities for 2023/24 identify reducing carbon emissions from inhalers as an area for improvement.

Data on carbon emissions per salbutamol inhaler can be viewed in the table here.

Description: Mean carbon impact (kg CO2e) per salbutamol inhaler prescribed


Tagged as: Standard, Greener NHS, National medicines optimisation opportunities, Respiratory (or browse all measures)

Sub-ICB Locations are ordered by mean percentile over the past six months. Each chart shows the results for the individual Sub-ICB Location, plus deciles across all Sub-ICB Locations in the NHS in England.

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