A local authority has approved plans to supply a leisure centre with heat from a crematorium
A local authority has approved plans to supply a leisure centre with heat from a crematorium. Redditch council gave the proposal to divert heat from Redditch Crematorium’s chimney to the redeveloped Abbey Stadium sports centre the green light at a council meeting last Monday.
Work is due to start on the scheme this summer. The council in the Midlands town says re-using the heat would decrease its carbon emissions by 4% a year. The crematorium is to provide 42% of the heat needed by the leisure centre. It is expected to cost £39,000 and lead to a saving of £14,560 a year.
Council leader Carole Gandy said 80%-90% of respondents to the council had been in favour of the idea, adding that “many praised the council for being so innovative”. The practice is common in parts of Europe, especially Sweden.
UK Green Building Council chief executive Paul King says: “With high energy prices and the need to reduce carbon emissions, it’s vital we make use of waste heat wherever possible