In an effort to become carbon neutral by 2030, Adur & Worthing Council has embarked on an ambitious project at Worthing Crematorium in West Sussex.
The initiative, supported by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, aims to revolutionize the cremation process by harnessing the power of hydrogen technology. With researchers from the University of Brighton leading the way, this groundbreaking project has the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions and pave the path for a greener future.
The project will utilize the expertise of DFW Europe, a cremator manufacturer based in the Netherlands, to test and develop hydrogen technology. By replacing the current reliance on natural gas with green hydrogen produced from renewable sources, the crematorium can drastically reduce its carbon footprint. The introduction of hydrogen-powered systems not only eliminates CO2 emissions but also offers a cleaner alternative to fossil fuels, bringing us one step closer to achieving a net-zero society.
Dr. Kevin Wyche, Pete Lyons, and Dr. Kirsty Smallbone from the University of Brighton’s School of Applied Sciences are conducting air quality monitoring as part of the project. Their research aims to demonstrate that the proposed hydrogen-powered system will not only reduce carbon emissions but also maintain or improve air quality. By ensuring that this innovative technology aligns with environmental standards, the project emphasizes the importance of sustainability in all aspects of our lives.
Worthing Crematorium, which currently holds the highest carbon footprint within the Adur & Worthing Council’s estate, serves as a prime candidate for this pioneering project. As Cllr Sophie Cox, Worthing’s Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency, highlights, the trial is a significant step toward the council’s goal of becoming a Net Zero authority by 2030. This innovative approach demonstrates the council’s commitment to tackling climate change head-on and sets an example for other institutions and industries.
As a key partner in the Hydrogen Sussex project, the University of Brighton plays a crucial role in driving forward research and development for a low-carbon hydrogen economy. Alongside the crematorium project, the university is involved in various hydrogen-based initiatives, including the creation of clay bricks made entirely with green hydrogen energy. By supporting these groundbreaking projects, the university is actively contributing to the region’s transition towards a Net Zero future.