Los Angeles, USA, Wednesday 18th December – Dietl International, one of the largest fine arts logistics houses and a Rock-it Cargo company, has taken a leading position in the art logistics community by offsetting the environmental impact of transporting air cargo to this month’s 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, including a Cargolux charter between Luxembourg and Miami, which carried artwork from galleries in Germany, Switzerland, France, and the United Kingdom.
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.
Dietl International has sponsored the entire incoming air freight offset and has challenged its clients and other galleries to participate with contributions of their own as the artwork is shipped back from the show.
“In the art world, this has become a hot topic,” said Fritz Deitl, President of New York-headquartered Dietl International.
“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.”
“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,” said Rock-it Cargo President Paul J. Martins.
“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”.
Dietl International also coordinated the movement and importation of a number of ocean containers and organized 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.
“There is no single formula for success in a move so elaborate,” shares Jason Losh, Director of Business Development at Dietl International.
“The key to succeeding is handling every single item as an individual shipment; a single chance to engage an extreme measure of specialization to ensure the pristine arrival of priceless works of art.”
Art Basel takes place annually in Miami Beach, Florida; Basel, Switzerland, and Hong Kong.
This year’s four day Miami event included contemporary media featuring art from over 250 participating galleries in the United States, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia.
Dietl International withheld announcing its carbon offset purchase until the details had been finalized with the company’s partner, Sustainable Travel International.
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.
Projects may also provide benefits that go beyond carbon reduction, such as protecting forests and the biodiversity within, or creating opportunities for communities to better their livelihoods and health.
One carbon credit is equal to one metric tonne of carbon.
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About Dietl International
Dietl International began as a two-person office in 1991 at JFK airport in New York and is today the largest logistics provider in the United States devoted entirely to the special needs and requirements of shipping artwork. With ten locations throughout the United States, Dietl International now has ninety-five employees dedicated to the safe transportation and handling of valuable works of art.
Fritz Dietl is a founder and board member of a leading art handling, crating, and storage provider in New York state that manages over 150,000 square feet of art space. He also owns and operates the Delaware Freeport, providing 100,000 square feet of cost-effective, high-security, museum-quality art storage for the region.
About Rock-it Cargo
Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, and founded in 1978, Rock-it Cargo (“Rock-it”) is a provider of high-touch, mission-critical air, ocean and surface freight forwarding and logistics to the live entertainment and music touring, fine arts, sports and broadcasting, corporate events, industrial power projects, and humanitarian relief end markets through its family of six affiliated leading brands (including but not limited to, Rock-it Cargo, Dietl, Sound Moves, Cargo Live and Waiver).
With 32 owned offices in 12 countries and a network of long-standing partner agents, Rock-it provides global services to the more than 190 countries. Rock-it is backed by ATL Partners private equity capital.
ATL investment professionals and the members of its Executive Board, all of whom are accomplished senior executives in the focus sectors of Aerospace, Transportation and Logistics, provide Rock-it the perfect partner to continue the company’s strong growth trajectory.
To find out more visit www.rockitcargo.com
About Sustainable Travel International
Sustainable Travel International is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and conserving our planet’s most vulnerable destinations. We are transforming tourism’s impact on nature and people by working alongside local communities, engaging travelers and businesses in responsible practices, and strengthening destination management. Through our work, we aim to safeguard nature, combat climate change, and empower communities to preserve the integrity of destinations around the globe. To learn more visit www.sustainabletravel.org