Sustainability in practice: powering down energy waste

14 November 2022
Autumn 2022

Clinical Adviser for the College Daniel Hardiman-McCartney FCOptom on how to ensure a sustainable optometry workforce.

Sustainability in healthcare has been at the forefront of our minds for many years, with the UK leading the way globally in its mission to deliver net-zero healthcare by 2040. If healthcare were a country, it would be the fifth largest carbon emitter, generating two billion tons of CO2 (Health Care Without Harm, 2019). The stark increase in the cost of energy during 2021 is now a pressing issue for all of us; the immediate need to reduce energy consumption both at work and at home is driven by both environmental and financial considerations.

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