In Britain, the go-ahead has been given to heat a public swimming pool with heat generated by a nearby crematorium. The scheme is the first of its kind in Britain, although the practice in not new to Europe.
The project will be located in the town of Redditch in Worcestershire. The local council maintains that by using heat from gases produced by the crematorium to heat the pool at the Abbey Lesisure Centre, £14,000 a year will be saved.
The council has also pointed out that the scheme has widespread community support. Consultations have been made with religious groups, funeral directors and the wider community. 80-90% of community responses to the plan have been positive.
However, the scheme has had its share of criticism. Trade union officials have called it insensitive, labeling it “sick and an insult to local residents”; adding that it’s a reflection of the huge public spending cuts being imposed by the government.
Council has said, “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.”
How do you feel about this plan? Is it insensitive, or a clever re-use of energy that would otherwise be wasted?
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