Environmental campaigners in the UK say more needs to be done to cut fumes from cremations which can produce as much harmful pollution as a car driving twice the length of the UK.

According to the Northern Echo, concerns have been raised about the amount of nitrogen oxide gases (NOx) being released during cremations involving coffins made from chipboard or MDF – which account for about 95 per cent.

Industry magazine Pharos  recently stated

...cremations using these coffins produces the same about of NOx gas as a car driving 2,280 miles or 3,650 cars driving past the crematorium during the course of a cremation.

An investigation has revealed only one crematorium – in Scarborough – in the North-East and North Yorkshire has installed technology to reduce NOx.

Darlington Borough Council, which runs the town's crematorium, is in the process of replacing its equipment to make it more environmentally friendly.

A spokesman said: "We are working towards replacing equipment at Darlington Crematorium and redeveloping the existing chapel.

"The new equipment will be fully compliant with and statutory guidance and limits guidelines on emissions.”

Crematoria providers are not currently required to control nitrogen oxides and 180 of the UK's 192 publicly run crematoria do not have deNOx technology fitted.

In England in 2018 there were 437,628 cremations, accounting for about 80 per cent of deaths.

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