Logistics company makes an art of offsetting carbon emissions

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A logistics company has offset the carbon emissions from taking works of art of an exhibition by helping to pay for an environmental project in Brazil.

Dietl International, which claims to be the largest US artwork shipping provider, moved 167 tonnes to the Art Basel exhibition in Miami, Florida, which showcased paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films from the masters of Modern and contemporary art and emerging artists from leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa.

The Dietl shipments included a Boeing 747 Cargolux freighter flying from Luxembourg with artwork from galleries in Germany, Switzerland, France and Britain.

The transport was calculated to have generated 644 tonnes of carbon dioxide and Dietl and parent company Rock-it Cargo offset this by supporting the Jari Amapá REDD+ Project in the Valley of Jari, in the state of Amapá.

The valley is threatened by agriculture, grazing, human settlements and large infrastructure work.

The project aims to protect nearly 66,000 hectares of tropical forest, where there are more than 2,000 animal species, more than 100 of which are endangered. The work also seeks to provide economic opportunities for more than 2,000 families in the area.