Lung Diseases: Medical Equipment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th June 2019.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the use of metred dose inflators containing hydrofluorocarbons in releasing greenhouse gases.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proportion of the NHS carbon footprint made by hydrofluorocarbon in metred dose inflators.

Photo of Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

We have made no such assessment on the proportion of the National Health Service carbon footprint made by hydrofluorocarbon in metred dose inhalers or of the impact of the use of metred dose inhalers containing hydrofluorocarbons in releasing greenhouse gases. However, we are informed by NHS England that the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory calculated the carbon emissions from inhalers in England as 850,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents. This is equivalent to approximately 4% of the entire carbon footprint of the NHS in England.

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