Sustainability

 

At Gwent Crematorium, we constantly strive to minimise our environmental impact and have introduced the following internal policy to meet this aim.

 

bulletWe will use modern design machinery and smart working practises to minimise the consumption of precious fossil fuels and lower the emission of atmospheric pollutants including greenhouse gases.

 

bulletWe will ensure that the main method of interment of cremated remains at the crematorium keeps the land use to a minimum, whilst leaving an attractive finished environment for visitors.

 

bulletWe will maintain our grounds as far as possible using organic and re-cycled products.

 

bulletWe will remove all mercury from the crematorium's emissions to the atmosphere. We have greatly exceeded our statutory duty regarding mercury abatement, which is to remove 50%. We believe it is is important to remove heavy metals from the atmosphere and the food chain.

 

bulletWe will use low energy lighting throughout the buildings and grounds to lower our energy consumption.

 

bulletWe will generate large amounts of compost from both our grounds and from memorial flowers, which will then be re-used on site - a closed loop of re-cycling.

 

bulletWe will arrange to receive large quantities of organic waste from local tree surgeons and stables, minimising land-fill from these external sources and providing major benefits to the environment by using these materials to improve our horticultural production and to increase the amount of wildlife via habitat improvement. 

 

bulletWe will continue to be part of a national scheme to recycle metals recovered during cremation, led by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM). This is non profit-making; all proceeds go back to death related national charities.

 

bulletWe will continue to heat our main buildings with high efficiency, condensing boilers, and incorporate heat recovery systems when practicable.

 

bulletWe will use low-emmisivity glass in all new windows to minimise heat loss.

 

bulletWe will work closely with local apiarists to help sustain the honey bee population, which is known to be under threat.

 

bulletWe will actively encourage wildlife by the a number of different methods: habitat piles; bird and bat boxes; feeding programs; and leaving sections of the grounds uncultivated to encourage natural bio-diversity.

 

bulletWe will provide as much of our literature as possible by electronic means, to minimise the use of paper, the production of which is both energy-intensive and polluting.

 

bulletWe will use bio-degradable containers for cremated remains.