A new analysis has found that the healthcare system in Australia contributes over n 7% of the nation’s carbon footprint.
The analysis led by the University of Sydney analysed 2014-15 financial data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for 15 sectors of the healthcare industry. These included public and private hospitals, dental services and private practice.
It was published on the international medical journal the Lancet.
The emissions represented 35,772 kilotonnes of Australia’s 494,930 kilotonnes of carbon emissions in 2014-15. Two-thirds of the emissions came from hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry, the study found.
Main sources included anaesthetic gases such as desflurane and nitrous oxide.