- Client: SS Great Britain
- Project: Energy Audit & Carbon footprinting
- Investment Grade Audit
- Carbon footprint
- Energy Efficiency advice
- Recommendations report
CarbonPlan contributed time pro bono in order to support the protection of this historic ship, a living testament to the genius UK’s most famous Victorian engineer Isombard Kingdom Brunel, and a part of Bristol’s seafaring heritage as it would be a tragedy if the ship were allowed to corrode to nothing . The ship has been turned into a museum, in the very dock in which it was built in Bristol.
Our study looked at the important aspects of the operation of SS Great Britain. From an environmental perspective it investigated the site’s carbon footprint with a major contributor to this footprint is the gas burned in the dehumidifying plant.
An underlying problem was corrosion with the wrought iron hull being prone to oxidisation in the presence of water causing it to degrade to rust.
This led to an investigation of energy efficiency at SSGB, which in turn led to commercial business case surrounding energy efficiency improvements and the implementation of low & zero carbon technologies.
This report made the case for further research to be implemented and puts forward a suggestion as to how that might be funded and implemented.
The Trust continues to work on sustainability and improving its environmental performance across the site. The Trust will give consideration this year to the feasibility of using an alternative energy source to power the dehumidiﬁcation plants. Efﬁcient lighting, both LED and other, was installed in the museum, the shop and ticket ofﬁce
The environmental controls in the museum are also being improved, linking the importance of collection care standards to the Trust’s work on sustainability.