Greg Gahagan - How green is your crate (ICEFAT Green Committee)Presentation Transcript
The Greening of Fine Art Transportation: What colour is your crate? Reducing the Carbon Footprint of the Art Handling Community Amsterdam, November 2010
What is ICEFAT?
INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION OF EXHIBITION AND FINE ART TRANSPORTERS
A worldwide democratic organization representing 79 of the finest art transportation firms from over 34 countries.
Independent companies who are dedicated to providing the highest standards in the field of fine art transportation and related services.
What is the ICEFAT Green Committee?
Started in 2008
A group of Fine Art Business owners and managers from throughout the world
Regular people trying to make a difference
ICEFAT Green Committee Members: A Global effort
Greg Gahagan Ship/Art International San Francisco Jonathan Schwartz Atelier 4 New York Klaus Hillmann, Dirk Müller Tandem Lagerhaus Frechen Amanda Sharp Gander and White London Stefan Fors MTAB Sweden Simon Wilson Martinspeed London
Scott Atthowe Atthowe Fine Art Oakland Monica Bazan Leigh Fine Art Lima
Simon Hartas International Art Services Australia Johan Ofverbeck MTAB Sweden Judith Uijtewaal ICEFAT Ohio
Green possibilities are different everywhere. We are trying to take a well-rounded approach with input from all over the globe to allow for green options no matter where you are.
The Green Committee: A Global Effort
Research and Education
Questions posed by the ERC
What measures are the different ICEFAT companies taking to make their businesses “green”?
What role does ICEFAT play in the process of environmental change and how can museums benefit from this process?
How far are we with reusable crates in fine art transports?
Can standards such as CEN in Europe be of any help to stimulate the use of reusable crates?
How often are fine art transports combined? What are, until now, the most heard reasons not to combine?
“ Sustainability should mean meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations of all living things to meet their own needs.”
- William McDonough, Architect
Greg Gahagan Ship/Art International
Jonathan Schwartz Atelier 4
Klaus Hillmann Tandem
Key Environmental Topics
Here are the key issues within our art transportation industry:
“ There is nothing Green about our Industry!” Jonathan Schwartz
In order to conserve the demand on our resources and reduce our carbon footprint, here are some of the ways we are currently tackling the problem:
Motion activated CFL lighting on timers
Acquiring electricity from utilities with diversified sources such as wind and solar farms
Switching from conventional electrical compressor HVAC systems to new technologies (e.g., water chiller plants, evaporative cooling systems, geothermal)
Purification of municipal tap water versus bottled water
Water flow controls at taps and toilets
Some Recent Case Studies from General Operations around the World
Water Chiller Technology to reduce electricity and operating costs
Evaporative Cooling, reducing related power consumption by 85%
Installing Photovoltaic Cells on roof, reducing annual electricity usage by 5% and CO2 emissions by over 6,000 tonnes
Geothermal heating and cooling technology, saving 8,000 Euros annually and reducing CO2 emission by 200 kg-tons/yr.
Sustainable energy is the provision of energy such that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Sustainable energy comes from renewable resources such as biofuels, solar power, wind power, wave power, and geothermal power.
While relying only on sustainable energy may be too expensive or unavailable in your area, check with your local energy supplier to see if any portion of your energy comes from renewable resources
Several Agents have installed solar panels, and investment returns are currently at 5-8 years
Switching your conventional incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent will provide more energy efficient lighting for your office and warehouse.
Placing light timers on low use areas in your office or warehouse is an inexpensive way to conserve energy and save money.
Replacing all “high-bay” fixtures with compact fluorescent
Old fixtures: 400 Watts
New fixtures: 128 Watts with 20 minute motion activated duration
New lights generate less heat = reduced HVAC loads during summer
Reduces plastic bottle
use and consumption
Eliminated water delivery service
Shuttle transport, also known as groupage or part-load
Diesel trucks with exhaust super heating and re-capture
Diesel trucks with exhaust filters
Hybrid and electric vehicles
Use of Liquid Petroleum Gas
Courier shipments reducing the quantity
Newer trucks in fleets
Eco-Driving training for drivers
Intelligent route planning and shuttle networks
The world is on loan. We have to take the utmost care about our use of it.
European Regulations Euro 1-5
Fuel consumption of trucks has decreased by 40% since 2000 but we cannot expect similar progress with conventional techniques such as diesel engines within the next decade
Biodiesel – Pros
60-70% cleaner burning than petroleum based diesel.
produced from domestic, renewable resources such as plant oils, animal fats, used cooking oil and even new sources such as algae.
contains no petroleum, and burns Biodiesel blends can be used in most compression-ignition (diesel) engines with little or no modifications.
B100 is pure vegetable oil
B20 is 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel
Compatibility with motors and exhaust systems
Cost increases to food crops
Today’s advancements can be tomorrows mistakes!
What is BIOGAS?
Is it the Future?
Has anyone tried it?
Does waste to fuel really work?
Sweden test case
Still cost prohibitive
Current Range prohibitive except for inner city
Progress is being made
Electric Vehicles can be a great step forward
Sources of clean energy must be available locally
There is no “Green” coal!
WHAT WILL THE TRUCK OF THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE?
ICEFATS FLEET OF TRUCKS IS APPROXIMATELY 1000.
AVERAGE COST PER TRUCK IS 85,000 Euro
1000 X 85,000= 85,000,000 Euro
Eco Driver Training
Significant reduction in fuel use
Reduction in greenhouse gases
Reduction in accident rates
Having the right size tool for the job
Reduction in fuel consumption and emissions
Identifying material suppliers exercising positive environmental practices
Paper and wood recycling
Re-usable crates and crate recycling programs
Changes in the painting of crates
Zero impact waste cartage companies
Buy a crate plant a tree programs
Choosing Reusable over Recyclable: The Truth Behind What You Think You’re Recycling
Crate and Wood Scrap
Polyurethane foam can be recycled into carpet pads.
If the foam cannot be recycled in your area, chop it up and reuse it as packing material.
Why Recycle Foam?
Using wood that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative as sustainably raised and harvested.
Organizations like the FSC and SFI are dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management, biodiversity, protecting wildlife habitat and species at risk to ensure responsible building.
Choosing a Renewable Resource When Building Crates
Bamboo (7 yr. re-growth)
Other tests in process now
Benefits of Using Green or Low Volatile Organic Compound Paints and Varnishes
Reduced toxins benefit everyone
Reduces groundwater and ozone depleting contaminants
Low-VOC products perform well in terms of coverage
Water based products provide easy cleanup with soap and water
Low odor during application, no off-gassing
Not deemed hazardous waste
Crating: What Color is your crate?
Major museums throughout the world have been using crate rental and crate reuse programs for over 20 years!
Re-usable Crates Test Cases
Crate Re-Use Programs
"Island of Misfit Crates" Crate Re-use Pilot Program
Pilot project underway in New York City to test the feasibility of a viable crate re-sale/re-use program
Museum and Gallery operations are being approached to take part in a pilot program consisting of:
Supplying quality used crates to a central inventory
Using on-line tools to search for crates that can be used for specific projects
Paying a nominal fee for the re-use of the crate from the store and for transport cost to their location
Sample Screen Print of tool?
Future plans would be to roll the program out to additional participants
Possible changes to the way we fit out crates and retrofit them
REDUCE . REUSE . RECYCLE . RETHINK
ICEFAT understands that environmental sustainability is a global issue that requires a global effort to have any effect. No single person, company, or museum can do this alone. It will take all of us!
WHY CAN’T I BUY A HYBRID SPRINTER?
Demand that your shippers be Green!
We should also consider the not-to-distant future, with emerging technologies such as:
Rail and Ocean (using newer technologies to use far less energy, and the new realities which may force the industry to start working on this method)
New and retro building construction with solar wind tower exhaust used to pull naturally conditioned air from earth tubes
Effecting future materials and manufacturers such as DuPont etc
Grants for research into more sustainable materials
Combined efforts with PACIN, AAM and other committees - network of liaisons from each committee sharing information
There is no single answer to the problem. By investigating all possible options we will come up with systems that collectively will start to reduce our footprint. Having support from the museum community as well as fine art shippers is the key to effecting a larger impact.
The ICEFAT Green Committee wants to thank all of you for your continued support in this important endeavor. Without your support and continued input our work would not be sustainable.