The ABDO SEE Hub brings together ABDO’s work on social, ethical and environmental (SEE) topics.

You can find a range of resources here to help you with waste and carbon footprinting. Use the new sustainability policy template for your practice. Catch up with what went on at COP 26 and revisit the SEE Summit. If you haven’t yet done so, you could check how sustainable your practice is, or submit a case study too.

Climate change is a word most of us have become familiar with over the past few years with many now calling it a climate emergency. ABDO aims to bring together the industry, to assess the current state of play, and come up with recommendations for the future.

 ABDO is now carbon neutral

Read ABDO’s new environmental sustainability policy

The Annual Carbon Footprint of NHS Sight Tests at Five Optometry Practices

Until now the carbon footprint and subsequent environmental impact of NHS sight tests has been unknown. The Annual Carbon Footprint of NHS Sight Tests at Five Optometry Practices calculates the annual carbon footprint of NHS sight tests at five fixed site optometry practices in the North West, estimates of the average carbon footprint of an NHS sight test and identifies variation between practices.

  • GHG emissions associated with staff commuting and patient travel are the highest contributor to the annual carbon footprint of NHS sight tests at the practices.
  • The average carbon footprint per NHS sight test across the practices is estimated at 5.27 kgCO2e.
  • This study is the first of its kind in the UK and highlights the need for further carbon footprinting work within the sector.

This report has been produced by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement (Cheshire & Merseyside) and Cheshire Local Optical Committee.

Case studies

Want to learn more about how manufacturers and practices are becoming more sustainable? Click here for lots of great case studies.

Are you going green? We’d love to hear from you whether you are a practice owner or manager, a manufacturer or an individual. Fill in our case study form here.



The benefits of renewable energy and recycling for your business

If your business is not recycling, you could be missing out on a lot of benefits. It’s not just about helping the environment. Read on to discover the benefits …

Sustainability Eco mission at 100%

DO and ABDO Regional Lead Abi Page explores what companies are doing for the environment.

Eco practice Let’s talk rubbish by Abi Page

What are you doing in your practice? Hear from Abi Page on how she is working towards a greener business.

Eco practice Planet optics- how green are we by Abi Page

Kick start your green efforts in practice.