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Press Release

28 September 2022

New Cremators approved for Portchester Crematorium

The Portchester Crematorium Joint Committee is pleased to announce that it has approved plans for four new cremators at Portchester Crematorium.

The upgrade of the cremators is essential as the six existing cremators are over 30 years old and are no longer fit for purpose. The four new natural gas cremators will provide efficiency and consistency in the cremation process, while reducing the carbon footprint of the facility.

Only established technology is available for cremation purposes. The Joint Committee, which represents Havant, Gosport and Portsmouth, along with Fareham as the constituent Local Authorities, are therefore focused on ensuring this technology is as energy efficient as possible. 

While the natural gas cremators will reduce the carbon footprint of the facility, they are not zero carbon and, therefore, the Committee will be investing in further technology to increase the carbon efficiency of the site even further, including heat capture, which converts surplus heat into electricity.

Chairman of the Joint Committee, Cllr Joanne Bull, said: “I am very pleased that these new natural gas cremators will be installed at Portchester Crematorium. Continuity of service is vitally important at a facility such as this and that can only be achieved using established technology. However, the Joint Committee is committed to pursuing alternative technologies as they become more established. In the meantime, the focus is to be as energy efficient as possible and take steps to mitigate its carbon footprint.”


Notes to Editor:

Portchester Crematorium was opened in 1958 and is situated on the lower slopes of Portsdown Hill between Fareham and Portsmouth. The Crematorium is controlled by a Joint Committee of Councillors representing the City of Portsmouth, the Boroughs of Fareham, Havant and Gosport but operates as an independent establishment with specialised administrative and technical support from the constituent local authorities.

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