About this event

  • Date and time Fri 4 Oct 2019 from 6:00pm to 4 Oct 2019 at 10:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Anaesthesia

The 2019 NHS Long term plan states that carbon emissions from anaesthesia should be reduced by 2%. What does this mean, what is the time frame, and how are we going to achieve this?

The Government has put climate change, the environment and sustainability issues high on the agenda, with goals and timelines to reduce carbon emissions becoming more ambitious.

Anaesthesia is at the forefront of making changes and is working with a host of stakeholders from industry and allied medical specialties, to our European counterparts. In this meeting, new Anaesthesia Section President Dr Samantha Shinde, will discuss how strategies at a national level are making a change and, importantly, how individuals can make a difference. 

This meeting will:

  • Discuss the high greenhouse gas impact of volatile agents and nitrous oxide, and look at strategies to reduce our carbon footprint
  • Explore how new innovations in technology and equipment can reduce our carbon emissions
  • Discuss how manufacturers, NHSE, supply chains, Trusts and individuals can make a difference
  • Look at ways to reduce nitrous usage in maternity, emergency departments and ambulances

This event is FREE for RSM members and from just £20 for non-members. The Presidential Address will be followed by a drinks reception and an optional dinner. 

Key speakers

Dr Samantha Shinde

Dr Samantha Shinde

Consultant Anaesthetist, Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust

Speaker's biography

Samantha is a consultant anaesthetist at Southmead Hospital, NBT, with a special interest in neuroanaesthesia, ortho-plastics and trauma.

She was Honorary Secretary of the Trainee Committee of the Association of Anaesthetics, served on Council of the Neuroanaesthesia Society and was Honorary Secretary and then Vice President of the Association of Anaesthetists.

She is proud to be the first Chair of the Environment and Sustainable committee of the Association and is co-chairing an Environment Task group with the Sustainable Development Unit. She has put environmental issues firmly on the agenda for anaesthesia.


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Andrew Hartle, Immediate Past President, Anaesthesia Section, RSM

Presidential address: Green Anaesthesia: Anaesthetist's contribution to global warming

Dr Samantha Shinde, President, Anaesthesia Section, RSM

Drinks reception
Close of meeting
Optional dinner


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom