En France, seules deux pratiques sont autorisées pour les obsèques : l’inhumation et la crémation.
The number of cremations has increased considerably in recent decades, but varies greatly from country to country (e.g. 85% in Switzerland, 73% in the UK, 33% in France).
The construction and management of a crematorium requires specific expertise which local authorities sometimes seek out from private operators, delegating public service responsibility.
The structuring of the range of services is a major factor in successfully establishing an appropriate network across a region. Overly strong competition in certain zones generates costs associated with a surplus of facilities and may have negative repercussions on the quality of the service provided.
In this sector, Espelia deploys its full operational expertise. More specifically, the firm supports local authorities in:
- analysing the functioning of existing services and facilities, particularly the quality of the services offered and the pricing structure applied
- analysing existing and projected demand in order to highlight the potential need to create new establishments or cremation ovens
- the architectural planning of establishments
- selecting the most appropriate mode of implementation or management according to the constraints and opportunities associated with each project
- analysing the impact of works to upgrade compliance and, where necessary, the modalities for cooperation between the local authority and the delegated operator
- efficiently implementing construction and management projects: contracting, creation of public or public/private operators, monitoring and optimisation of the running of facilities