Pathways towards sustainable burial and cremation options for NSW

Pathways towards sustainable burila and cremation options for NSW

This report was commissioned by Cemeteries & Crematoria NSW (CCNSW), in line with its legislative objective to promote the environmental sustainability of the interment industry, and its function to promote environmentally sustainable practices among the cemetery and crematoria operators it regulates. The report is intended to spark conversations across the sector, and among consumers and families, and promote best practice sustainability by looking at what is currently occurring both globally and in Australia.

We acknowledge that some of the report content may be considered challenging or confronting, including raising the possibility of the ending of tenure for existing older graves. There is no current intention to change NSW Government policy in this area, but it is important that discussion around sustainability and land use continues.

The future opportunities for sustainable practice identified in the report do not represent NSW Government policy but may be taken into consideration as part of CCNSW’s future work on sustainability in line with its governing Act, the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2013. As always, CCNSW’s first priority is to recognise the right of all individuals to a dignified interment and treatment of their remains with dignity and respect.

View the report: Pathways towards sustainable burial and cremation options for NSW (PDF, 2299.93 KB)