Eco-Friendly Practices

Earth Day: 4 ways to reduce your carbon emissions when shipping fine art

By Queen's
April 04, 2022 12:59pm
Sustainable Art Shipping

As part of our continued Carbon Reduction Plan, and in celebration of ‘Earth Day’, we thought that we’d share four ways in which we are working to reduce our own carbon emissions and how we can assist clients in combating the emissions generated by the movement of works across the globe.

1. Comparative CO2 estimates are now included on all our estimates as standard. 

This not only provides visibility on the emissions generated by each shipment, making carbon reporting and monitoring much easier but it is our hope that by including a comparison in emissions between alternative freight options clients may choose to explore freight options that result in less CO2 emissions. 

2. We continue to offer alternatives to air freight, where applicable.

For clients looking to explore sea freight, more information can be found here on when sea freight is a viable option and how to ensure that the insurance guidelines are followed when shipping works via sea.

For road freight, we continue to offer a regular consolidated shuttle service between London and the most popular destinations in Europe, including Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam, and Basel. For information on our latest shuttle dates, email

3. Art fair deadlines for sea freight and road transport are shared well in advance.

We understand that shipping works via sea often results in a longer lead time and requires a little more planning. In order to make this as easy as possible for clients, we have produced an Art Fair Schedule for 2022 which outlines all the freight deadlines for sea and road shipping to the major art fairs that Queen’s will be servicing in 2022. This can be downloaded here

4. Re-usable crates, such as ROKBOX, remain on hand for all our clients.

For clients looking to explore reusable crate options, we have a number of ROKBOX on site. These can be used to reduce the amount of bespoke crating and packing required when moving works both internationally and abroad. We also offer to reuse any appropriate crates before we dispose of them.

However, there is clearly a still a long way to go if we are to meet our target of reducing our carbon emissions by 50% in line with the Paris Agreement. With that in mind, we continue to donate to Client Earth, as standard, on every shipment and more information on how this is calculated can be found here.

If you would like any further information on how we can support in reducing the environmental impact of your shipments email and our team will be in touch.

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