Dec 19, 2019: Fine arts logistics house Dietl International and Rock-it Cargo offset the environmental impact of transporting air cargo to the December Art Basel exhibition in Miami, Florida. Dietl International shipped a total of 167 metric tonnes (368,172 pounds) of artworks by air to the show.
The move generated 644 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide, for which Dietl has purchased carbon offsets in support of the JARI AMAPA REDD project in Brazil, which aims to protect a large area of forest in the Valley of Jari, home to over 2000 animal species and provide economic opportunities for over 2000 families living there.
Carbon credits, often called carbon offsets, are available for businesses to offset their emissions by helping to direct capital toward projects that reduce carbon dioxide by capturing/storing existing CO2 or preventing new emissions from happening. One carbon credit is equal to one metric tonne of carbon.
“In the art world, this has become a hot topic. However, for it to work, we need to be able to offer cost-effective green solutions. Galleries have such small profit margins that it has to make sense for them, or they won’t buy in,” said Fritz Deitl, president of New York-headquartered Dietl International.
Among other flights, a Cargolux charter between Luxembourg and Miami carried artwork from galleries in Germany, Switzerland, France, and the United Kingdom.
“When companies partner with Dietl or any of our other Rock-it companies, they now have the option of investing in third-party certified carbon reduction projects that combat climate change. In addition to reducing emissions, these projects help protect forests and the biodiversity within and create opportunities for communities to better their livelihoods and health,” said Paul J Martins, presiden, Rock-it Cargo.
Dietl International also coordinated the movement and importation of a number of ocean containers and organised climate-controlled, high-cube art trailers for US domestic shippers and was responsible for transporting close to half of the artwork viewed at the event.
Dietl International withheld announcing its carbon offset purchase until the details had been finalised with the company’s partner, Sustainable Travel International.