Cremation Energy Scheme Approved to Heat Pool Water

February 9, 2011
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imageA plan to re-use energy generated by a crematorium incinerator to heat a public swimming pool has been given the go-ahead by councillors.

Members of Redditch Borough Council hope the scheme to divert heat from waste gases from the crematorium into a nearby leisure centre will save the authority more than

“Many respondents have in fact praised the council for being so innovative and for being willing to discuss the idea openly.”

She added: “Throughout we have been careful to explain how the technology would work, that it is tried and trusted, and that the practice is quite common in parts of Europe and especially in Sweden.

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“We already support our residents to insulate their homes and be energy efficient, so it seemed only right for us to explore this re-use of energy, on top of introducing solar panels and electric vehicles and other climate change measures we are currently putting into practice.”

The scheme has previously been criticised by the Unison trade union, which described the Conservative-run council’s cost-saving proposals as “insulting and insensitive”.

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