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Decarbonisation: inhaler prescribing, use and disposal 2023–2030. A national strategy for Wales

This document sets out a national strategy to reduce the carbon footprint of inhalers in Wales, and outlines the key actions for the NHS and its partners in Wales to:

  • reduce over-reliance on reliever inhalers;
  • reduce the use of inhalers with a high global warming potential; and
  • ensure the responsible disposal of inhalers.

Welsh Government set up a Task and Finish Group to co-ordinate and oversee the delivery of the strategy.

NHS Wales can reduce its carbon footprint and contribute towards achieving a collective net zero by 2030 by changing the ways that respiratory conditions are diagnosed, and the ways that inhalers are prescribed in primary care, used and disposed of.

The strategy includes collaborating with patients and the public, policy makers, the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare staff, and taking a holistic patient-centred approach to respiratory care – from diagnosis to disposal of inhalers. The document lists Top 12 actions to deliver the strategy.

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(Published November 2023)

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