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How bad are HFA inhalers compared with transport CO2 emissions?

News feeds today (30 Oct 2019) are full of STOP using puffer inhalers, use dry powder inhalers instead. I think this needs a little balance with the full CO2 (and equivalent) UK 2018 published data, before asthma and COPD sufferers feel under too much guilty pressure to change treatments.

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Waging war on UK Transport CO2e – making substantial real reductions quickly and cheaply

Transport overall is the biggest UK source of CO2 emissions (36% in 2018), the next highest sector is Electricity supply (19% in 2018). UPC takes an innovative look at what can be done quickly in the transport sector to reduce CO2, rather than taking a slow conventional approach.

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UK zero carbon 2050 = 25,000 more off-shore windmills needed

The UK Government strategy is for 100% electric vehicles by 2050, along with 100% new homes being electric only. 2019 is on track to be the first year when zero carbon electricity reaches more than 50% of total UK consumption. UPC looks at the new generating infrastructure needed to achieve the 2050 zero carbon goal.

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Digital Health = better disease management?

For the past five years the development buzz has been in adding wireless connectivity to devices to enable digital health benefits for patients. In stark contrast there has been little visible activity in developing new devices that have improved drug delivery or improved use-ability or reduced side-effects for those in need of treatment.

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Less propellant and plastic use per dose for treating asthma and COPD

Alexander Wilkinson representing the NHS spoke on Sustainable Respiratory Healthcare at RDD Lisbon. UPC briefly analyses what the inhaler industry can do to reduce climate change.

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