Drug firms launch carbon footprinting tool

The Carbon Trust and pharmaceutical companies have created a tool to help health care providers manage their emissions

AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline have teamed up with the Carbon Trust to launch a tool to measure the carbon footprint of pills and tablets.

Pharmaceuticals account for about 20% of the NHS's carbon emissions. NHS England has pledged to cut its carbon footprint by 80% by 2050, but it is struggling in part due to an ageing population requiring more health care.

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