UK mercury burden sharing to continue

Scheme allowing crematoria to fund each others’ abatement costs is reducing emissions, says minister

The UK government will continue to allow British crematoria to share the cost of cutting mercury emissions, junior environment minister Ben Bradshaw said last Thursday.  The burden sharing scheme could still be replaced by regulation if improvements don’t continue, he warned.  Under the scheme, operators can fit mercury abatement equipment or pay other operators to do so.  The government set a target to halve crematoria emissions last year (EED 12/01/05).  Without action, the sector’s emissions were forecast to rise from 16% to 25% of the national total by 2020.  See press release.

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