Sustainability was a key topic at the 2021 RANZCO NZ conference in Christchurch where newly appointed Sustainability Committee chair Dr Jesse Gale presented some recent research showing the average carbon footprint for a cataract operation in New Zealand was 152kg CO₂e (carbon dioxide equivalent), equivalent of an Auckland and Wellington return flight (about one hour each way), 67L of petrol, or what an average New Zealander creates in nearly six days.
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