PPE use in England generated ‘colossal’ amount of carbon

PPE use in England generated ‘colossal’ amount of carbon

Exclusive: during the first six months of pandemic health and social care’s carbon impact rose by 1%

The considerable use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in health and social care services in England during the first six months of the pandemic added an additional 1% to the carbon burden, a new analysis suggests.

Between February and August 2020, about 3bn items of PPE were utilised – generating over 106,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, according to research conducted at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. This equates to 591 tons a day, which works out to roughly 27,000 times the average individual’s daily carbon footprint, the authors estimated in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

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