In Portugal, healthcare represents 4.8% of greenhouse emissions. Hospital beds produce five to six kilos of waste a day. Reprocessing of medical devices is stopped and could save 60 million euros on the NHS.

“We have a prehistoric law”, says surgeon João Queiroz e Melo, a pioneer in heart transplants, now dedicated to the environmental cause. “I believe this will be more important than having had the first heart transplant.” São João bets on green operating theaters. In this hospital alone, anesthetic gases are equivalent to 612 car trips around the world per year. . .

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English translation courtesy of AMDR