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  • Started in 2008 : Education and practical application in the workplace. What we have done so far: Survey of member companies and what their current policies are. Presentations at annual meetings of developments and practices. Ongoing investigations into more sustainable business methods. Future plans: Identifying material suppliers with progressive attitudes and environmental methodologies. Reporting and updates on advancements in warehouse and transportation equipment with lower energy requirements and less impact on environment.
  • Greg
  • Education: Educate ourselves as to what are the most environmentally sound business practices for our industry.Education to include smart environmental practices that address the entire lifecycle of products as well as smart recycling practices. How: Independent research by committee members and sharing this at monthly teleconferences. Once the committee has gathered enough baseline information on the subject to educate ICEFAT member companies in this area. Progress Surveys:Complete surveys of ICEFAT companies to assess current status and to obtain new ideas. This will allow us to also gauge further progress. Environmental Guidelines: Develop Environmental Guidelines for ICEFAT companies. This would be a living document that could be modified at any time Marketing:Promote ICEFAT as a Green organization that is working towards environmental sustainability. Effect Change: Use the education and experience learned from the ICEFAT green project to educate the greater arts and museum community. Use the cooperative and sizeable power of ICEFAT and the arts community to in what products are used in our industry and come up with possible alternatives. Not just one person. The threee of us in a room add you 400 + 400000 that’s motivating!
  • Our goal is the following: Taking care of the whole world in order to take care of a cultural artifact. We begin by making sure the materials used to protect that fragile object do not degrade the environment. Our profession is charged with the care and custody of cultural artifacts. In the present world taking care of an object for future generations must include taking care of the environment, so there will be future generations.  Green Statement: Our profession is charged with the care and custody of cultural artifacts . In the present world taking care of an object for future generations must include taking care of the environment, so there will be future generations. The present rate at which at which we are consuming resources is badly damaging our planet. It is not sustainable. We need to rethink how we are doing business, to shrink individual and business footprint. We not only need to reduce, reuse and recycle, but redesign and rethink how we are doing things and what we are using. We must expand our scope, and look beyond the microcosm to the macrocosm. A Quote from William McDonough, Architect “ 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” The goal being the following: Taking care of the whole world in order to take care of a cultural artifact. We begin by making sure the materials used to protect that fragile object do not degrade the environment. Our profession is charged with the care and custody of cultural artifacts. In the present world taking care of an object for future generations must include taking care of the environment, so there will be future
  • Put bios here short and sweet
  • We at ICEFAT have realized it’s not enough to publish doctrine at the workplace. We encourage our colleagues to reflect on environmental practices at their homes as well.
  • Jonathan
  • Some Recent Case Studies from General WH Operations around the World NYC-based Fine Arts Warehouse installs Water Chiller Technology to reduce electricity and operating costs UK-based Warehouse operation replaced conventional refrigerant-based Air Conditioning system with Evaporative Cooling, reducing related power consumption by 85% New Jersey, US based 100k SF Warehouse installed Photovoltaic Cells on roof, reducing annual electricity usage by 5% and CO2 emissions by over 6,000 tonnes French new-construction 7,000 SM warehouse facility used Geothermal heating and cooling technology, saving 8,000 Euros annually and reducing CO2 emission by 200 kg-tons/yr.
  • Currently 81% of ICEFAT companies are not using any renewable energy to power their warehouses or offices. 5% use solar power, 2% use wind power, and 15% has a portion of their energy coming from renewable resources through their local energy provider.
  • Usart and Ship/Art
  • Here are some of the ways we are currently able to contribute to cleaner air: Shuttle transport, also known as groupage or part-load (include ICEFAT company website screen shots of shuttle routes) Diesel trucks with exhaust super heating and re-capture or re-generation Bio-diesel (hotly contested) Hybrid and electric vehicles Several agents have invested in alternative fuels such as biogas and liquid petroleum as a means to test these alternatives Oxford and MTAB any others? Courier shipments reducing the quantity Newer trucks in fleets Eco-Driving training for drivers Monitoring of exhaust emissions from trucks (US)
  • Pros Biodiesel is a clean burning alternative fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources such as plant oils, animal fats, used cooking oil and even new sources such as algae. Biodiesel contains no petroleum, and burns 60-70% cleaner than petroleum based diesel. 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
  • In order to minimize depletion of natural resources we are currently engaged in some of the following steps which are easily adopted: Identifying material suppliers exercising positive environmental practices Paper and wood recycling such as biomass gassification and incineration – steam capture systems Re-usable travel case and crate recycling programs Changes in the painting of crates, it makes it harder to recycle Identifying waste cartage companies with zero impact on landfills Buy a crate plant a tree programs
  • Discuss that this is from our survey and shows that efforts are already in place. But it is always good to ask your shipper if they have a program in place.
  • Only 42% of ICEFAT companies are using green or low VOC paints and varnishes in their shops. 59% are not.
  • Talking about low voc painting of crates, How hard is it to recycle a painted crate Different types of foams and glues to make things easier to repack Are the material used environmentally friendly
  • National Gallery of London: Using a specific reusable crate system for over 20 years. 90% of crates in use are retrofitted used/rental crates. Crate supplier to the National Gallery: On hand stock of 600-700 crates available for use. Their business model is to not build new crates but refit the existing stock over and over.

Greg Gahagan - How green is your crate (ICEFAT Green Committee) 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
  • GOALS
    • Research and Education
    • Progress Surveys
    • Environmental Guidelines
    • Effect Change
  • 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
  • Speakers
    • 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:
      • ENERGY CONSUMPTION
      • MATERIALS
      • TRANSPORTATION
  • Energy
  • “ There is nothing Green about our Industry!” Jonathan Schwartz
  • Current Efforts
    • 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
  • Case Studies
    • 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.
  • Renewable Resources
    • 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
  • Conservation
    • 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.
  • Lighting
        • 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
  • Water
      • Water
      • Office water
      • Reverse Osmosis
      • Filtration
      • Reduces plastic bottle
      • use and consumption
      • Eliminated water delivery service
  • Transportation
  • Current Efforts
    • Shuttle transport, also known as groupage or part-load
    • Diesel trucks with exhaust super heating and re-capture
    • Biodiesel
    • Diesel trucks with exhaust filters
    • Biogas
    • 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
  • BIODIESEL CONS
    • Land Consumption
    • Compatibility with motors and exhaust systems
    • Availability
    • Cost increases to food crops
    • Today’s advancements can be tomorrows mistakes!
  • BIOGAS
    • What is BIOGAS?
    • Is it the Future?
    • Has anyone tried it?
    • Does waste to fuel really work?
    • Sweden test case
  • Electric Vehicles
    • Still cost prohibitive
    • Current Range prohibitive except for inner city
    • Progress is being made
  • Electric Source
    • 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
    • THOUGHT PROVOKING!
  • Eco Driver Training
    • Significant reduction in fuel use
    • Reduction in greenhouse gases
    • Reduction in accident rates
  • Fleet Layout
    • Having the right size tool for the job
    • Reduction in fuel consumption and emissions
  • Shuttle Transports
  • Materials
  • Current Efforts
    • 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
  • Waste Foam
    • 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.
    • Foam Recycling
    • 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
    Sustainably Raised
  • Alternatives
    • Bamboo (7 yr. re-growth)
    • Sorghum
    • Other materials
    • 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?
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    • 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
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  • Conclusion
  • 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!
  • DEMAND
    • WHY CAN’T I BUY A HYBRID SPRINTER?
    • Demand!
    • Conclusion:
    • Demand that your shippers be Green!
  • Future Issues
    • 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
  • Open Discussion
      • Questions?
      • Summary:
      • 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.
  • Thank You
    • 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.
    • Send your questions to [email_address]
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