Bristol’s famous SS Great Britain has received a cash injection to help it become carbon neutral by 2030.
The visitor attraction, which was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and launched in 1843, was given a £13,770 Green Business Grant by the West of England Combined Authority (Weca).
Green Business Grants are funded by the West of England Recovery Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.
The money will be used to help the SS Great Britain save more than 100 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year.
Upgrades are currently being carried out to install a heat recovery device which circulates dehumidified air onto the fragile iron hull of the ship to prevent it from rusting.
According to SS Great Britain conservation engineer Nicola Grahamslaw, the attraction has recently replaced the sensors, control software and some of its fans with newer technology to reduce electricity consumption.
She said: “The new component funded by the Green Business Grant is a particularly important aspect of the project, because it will not only directly reduce our gas requirement for heating but will also improve the overall performance of the whole system.”
Dan Norris, who was elected as metro mayor in May, said: “When she was launched the SS Great Britain incorporated the very latest in maritime technology; now 178 years later the Bristolians who look after her for the nation are turning to modern day tech to ensure her preservation is not at the expense of the planet.
Last year marked 50 years since the SS Great Britain returned to Bristol – it’s city of birth.
Matthew Tanner, chief executive of the SS Great Britain Trust, added: “We are delighted with this concrete and pragmatic support from West of England Combined Authority led by Dan Norris.
“The climate emergency affects us all right now, and the SS Great Britain Trust is determined to play its part in reducing our carbon emissions as quickly and effectively as possible.”
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