Redditch Council in Worcestershire has agreed plans to capture and reuse waste heat from the town’s crematorium for use at the nearby Abbey Stadium Leisure Centre.
Work will begin in the summer to install a heat recovery system to capture the energy which is currently wasted through the crematorium’s chimney. The heat will be used to supply 42% of the leisure centre’s requirement. The centre is being redeveloped to include a new 25-metre swimming pool.
Installing the heat recovery equipment and insulated pipework will cost £39,000, but will save £14,560 in reduced energy bills.
The local press has reported that some people see the plans as “eerie” and “insensitive”. But council leader Carole Grady said 80-90% of responses were supportive.
Paul King, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council, said: “It’s understandably a sensitive issue, but this is an innovative plan which could prove to be of national significance. With high energy prices and the need to reduce carbon emissions, it’s vital we make use of waste heat wherever possible.”