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Environment and sustainability committee

Environment and sustainability committee

In 2013 we established an environmental task group to lead our specialty on environmental matters and green anaesthesia. The task group is now known as the Environment and Sustainability Committee and comprises of 14 members from the Association, the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA)Barema (the Association for Anaesthetic and Respiratory Device Suppliers), the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland (CAI) and lay members.

The committee's scope and remit is to:

  • Lead the specialty on environmental matters and green anaesthesia
  • Consider how the Association interacts with other agencies and stakeholders to promote green healthcare across the profession
  • Examine what the Association does itself in terms of environmental sustainability
  • Regularly review of the Association environmental policy statement
  • Campaign for greener healthcare
  • Create a focus of expertise/information sharing on environmental sustainability
  • Promote research on environmental issues
  • Create a network of environmental champions
  • Develop awards and an environmental fellowship that recognise excellence in sustainability in the specialty
  • Support and contribute to the environmental session at the Annual Congress

Key achievements to date include:

  • The Association membership environmental survey (during the 2016 Winter Scientific Meeting and electronic data collection) which led to the joint Environmental Policy Statement in 2017
  • Developing environmental sessions at every Annual Congress
  • Organising the Association and RCoA seminar on environmentally sustainable anaesthesia in March 2018

For more information about the committee email secretariat@anaesthetists.org.

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