Stellungnahme Firma Kunsttrans

Nachhaltigkeit bei Kunsttrans

 

Nachhaltigkeit in einer Kunstspedition?  Auf den ersten Blick erscheint das als schwierig, doch Kunsttrans ist sich seiner Verantwortung für die Umwelt bewusst und daher bemühen wir uns die Ressourcen optimal zu nutzen und Nachhaltigkeit zu garantieren.
Kunsttrans ist als Kunst- und Ausstellungslogistiker Mitglied der Art Alliance. Durch diesen Zusammenschluss mehrerer Kunstspeditionen schaffen wir ein umfassendes Netzwerk in Europa und können damit unsere LKW-Touren optimal einteilen und auslasten. Leerfahrten werden so weitestgehend vermieden, der Treibstoffverbrauch reduziert und die Effizienz unserer Euro-5 LKWs nachhaltig gesteigert.

Auch in weiteren Bereichen können wir als Kunstspedition unseren Beitrag zu Nachhaltigkeit und Umweltschutz leisten:
Kunsttrans bietet ein neues Ausstellungswand-System namens kub2 an. Der Vorteil hier ist, dass die Ausstellungswände mietbar und mehrfach einsetzbar sind. Die Wände, die aus einzelnen stabilen HDF Paneelen zusammengesetzt sind und mit einem wiederabziehbaren Vlies überzogen werden,  eignen sich für freistehende Ausstellungswände und Raumabteilungen im Galerie- und Museumsbereich.  Die Wände können bis zu 20 Mal neu zusammengesetzt und überstrichen werden. Damit ist ein großer Betrag zur Nachhaltigkeit im Ausstellungsbau geleistet.

Wir bieten als Kunstspedition diverse Verpackungen für Kunstobjekte an. Die Verpackungen reichen von einfachen recycelten Packdecken, Luftpolsterfolie, Seidenpapier bis hin zu Kisten in diversen Ausführungen. Unsere Miet-Klima-Kisten haben ein speziell angefertigtes Innenleben, das die Aufrechterhaltung von Klimabedingungen für einen bestimmten Zeitraum in der Kiste garantiert. Kunsttrans verfügt über ein großes Sortiment dieser Kisten in diversen Größen, deren Innenausstattung  an die jeweiligen sensiblen Kunstwerke angepasst werden kann. Damit ist eine Klimakiste für mehrere Transporte wiederverwendbar und man garantiert neben höchstem Schutz und Sicherheit für das Kunstwerk auch Nachhaltigkeit und optimalen Mehrfachgebrauch.

In unseren Sicherheitsdepots, in denen Kunstwerke von hohem Wert und verschiedenen Kunden gelagert werden, müssen optimale Bedingungen herrschen. Das gesamte Gebäude des Vie:Artport, neu eröffnet 2011, wird klimaneutral durch Geothermie ohne Einsatz fossiler Brennstoffe, wie Erdöl oder Erdgas, beheizt. Hierzu werden alle Geschoßplatten inklusive der Bodenplatte im Erdgeschoß und der gesamten Dachfläche mittels Betonkern-Aktivierung beheizt bzw. gekühlt. Dadurch wird ein dauerhaftes Klima von 20 Grad Celsius und 50 % Luftfeuchtigkeit erzielt. Die dazu notwendige Energie kommt ausschließlich aus erneuerbaren Energieträgern. Damit setzen wir in Österreich die Benchmark für umweltfreundliche Kunstlagerung.

 

Kunsttrans Spedition Ges. m. b. H,
Leberstrasse 20, A-1110 Wien
Tel:         +43 1 748 55 44
Fax:        +43 1 748 55 34
www.kunsttrans.com

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Gebrüder Weiß point of view

GW’s point of view is, that we introduced “sustainability” as one of our 4 core values. Sustainability is in this way as important for us, as the other values “service excellence”, “independence” and “commitment”. Sustainability is a long term value and can not be just implemented by a order of the Board of directors, it takes a huge number of initiatives to change the mindset of a organization.

The problems that occur are very simple identified. We had to find a link between sustainable activities and our core business, a link between “wishful thinking” and operative work. If you can’t argue with economic arguments, all social and environmental initiatives will run out without any success. People just ignore every sustainable step, if you can’t show them mid- or long-time economical effects of their actual behavior.

On the first view, sustainability is not immediately profitable, because you do not gain any financial kick-back in the beginning. It’s just investment into projects, infrastructure (e.g. new trucks) and training. But on the long-time perspective, you safe on the one hand costs, and on the other hand you meet market expectations.

GW follows a differentiated strategy. Taking the economic pillar of sustainability, the company always had a sophisticated strategy, because it now exists for more then 170 years, and you can’t do this without being economical successful. The social pillar has now it’s most significant shapes in the field of internal trainings (especially of the job in social matters and investments into the education of our staff) and external long-time partnerships with social organization like Hilfswerk-Austria and SOS Kinderdorf. A annual target of GW is, that 0,2 percent of the total turnover have to be invested into CSR-projects. And finally the ecological pillar get’s more and more important for a freight forwarding company like GW. In 2011 GW bought a wind park, with which we produce approx. the double amount of electricity, that all our sites consume. Beside of that, there is a clear strategy, that the own fleet has to be modernized permanently, and that old trucks just can be substituted with truck of the latest emission classes. Another aspect is, that GW monitores environmental data since 5 years and takes improvements out of this monitoring so minimize waste and the use of electricity. And actually, GW implemented a Co2-calculator to monitor both the emissions we produce for our clients and to get impact, where we have possibilities for improving transport lanes and trucks.

Sceneries and artworks from A to B

How is it possible to make transport more sustainable? As we all know transport is pretty much connected to the use of fossil energy sources. The massive use of trucks and planes for transport is a huge ecological problem all over the world. So how is it possible to work sustainable on this economic sector? On the one hand of course we should reduce transportation. But in a world connected all over, transport is a necessity. This includes the steirischer herbst vehicle fleet as well. As we have artists from all over the world, we also need their sceneries and artworks. It is also not sustainable to rebuild them all.
One point that should not be missed in this case is that sustainability is not only focused on ecology. It includes as well economy and social aspects. So in this case a solution would be to work with companies that try to be sustainable.

Based on these facts I have contacted the companies we already worked with, to get some statements about sustainability from their side, including the facts:

  • How important is sustainability in their company?
  • Which problems occur?
  • Is it profitable to work sustainable?
  • In which fields do they work sustainable?

How to travel sustainable?

We do have artists from all corners of the world. Organising their travels with focus on sustainability is quite challenging. How can we handle this?

Every year we are inviting artists from around the world to show their performances. Due to the international orientation of our festival we’re facing a lot of air travel. But flying produces a high amount of CO2. In comparison with other means of transportation flying even is the climate unfriendliest choice.

In the past we mainly booked plane tickets for artists not coming from Austria. Train travels were only booked when artists asked for it explicitly or rather when the travel was within Austria.

At some journeys we do not really have the choice to search for an alternative to a flight ticket (transatlantic flights, missing railway connections…). Whereas within Europa there is still potential which can be taped.

But is it enough only thinking about CO2 emission when choosing the “correct” means of transport for our artists or are there other parameters that have to be considered?
What about time? Can we expect to have a 12 hours train ride whereas coming by plane takes only 4 hours?
What about money? What if “bad” travel is cheaper than sustainable considered travel? Do we have the financial resources to cover the difference?