A Worcestershire council is pushing forward with controversial plans to heat a swimming pool with recycled energy from a nearby crematorium – making a saving of nearly £500,000.
Councillors on Redditch Borough Council’s executive committee backed the plans, which could save the council £466,000 over the next 25 years.
The scheme will also reduce the council’s entire carbon footprint by four per cent per year.
It will use energy from the crematorium, which would have otherwise gone to waste, to heat the pool and facilities at the nearby Abbey Stadium, which is due to open next year.
Experts predict that the changes could provide 42 per cent of the stadium’s energy needs.
Councillors said the plans had the backing of 90 per cent of residents.
They added that they had only received one official objection.
Councillor Gay Hopkins (Con Arrow Valley East) said: “In a few years time we won’t be able to afford to waste heat and this could be normal practice.
“I think we are going to start something that others will follow and I am very proud that the council is so forward thinking.
Coun Juliet Brunner (Con Arrow Valley East) added: “I have not received a single negative response to this.
“Everybody talks about climate change, but not much is done about it. We should be really proud.”
The scheme will be the first in the UK to capture and recycle 100 per cent of crematoria waste energy.
A similar process in Sweden is used to warm people’s homes.
A final decision on the plans will be made next Monday.