ROKBOX Sustainability Statement 2024

In 2024, the climate crisis remains the paramount social and ecological challenge confronting humanity. The UN continues to caution that governments worldwide are failing to align their efforts with the imperative of limiting global heating to below 1.5 degrees Celsius, and the narrow window for effective action is rapidly closing, exacerbating these issues.

The art world has committed publicly to reducing 50% of carbon emissions by 2030 in line with the goals of COP26 and the Paris Agreement. The days of throwing art packaging away are coming to an end. At ROKBOX, our values and mission are to provide sustainable art crating options to enable the art world to ship art safely and cost-effectively, whilst minimising the impact on the environment.

In 2023 we launched ROKBOX LOOP, this initiative is created in collaboration with forward thinking shippers and insurers and is backed by climate scientists. By creating a global network of rentable, reusable, cost effective art crates, ROKBOX LOOP has design out unwanted costs, waste and carbon emissions, so art can be shipped confidently and conscientiously.

As an organisation, we are used by art world participants as a sustainable packaging solution. Paradoxically, we also acknowledge that the production and shipping of these cases have their own environmental impact, albeit significantly lower (90% less than a single-use wooden crate). This is why we have committed to addressing these impacts by:

  • Regularly calculating the carbon footprint of our manufacturing, operations, and deliveries and reporting and tracking on our progress in line with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol scopes 1, 2 & 3.
    • We provide our clients with CO2e calculation for each rental.
    • Over the next three years we would like to implement additional measurements to provide clients with a more comprehensive understanding of other environmental impact categories.
  • Setting specific targets for the major parts of our footprint, including:
    • Ensuring most of our international shipping is carried out by sea, rail or road rather than air by 2026.
  • The actions we are taking to meet these targets include:
    • Encouraging clients to choose to ship via sea freight over air freight.
    • Working with other GCC members on projects to help develop more sustainable packaging, transport and energy saving solutions for the whole sector.
    • Seeking sustainable suppliers and service providers.
    • Maintaining a Green Team with representatives from different parts of the organisation, that meets to track progress on all of these targets and actions at least once a month.
    • Offering a global network of reusable, rentable art shipping crates that protect art, budgets, and the planet.
    • We use only low or zero emissions vehicles for local London deliveries.

Following guidance from the Gallery Climate Coalition we are setting aside £50 per tonne of CO2e we emit into Strategic Climate Funds. This money will be spent on supporting frontline climate solutions around the world that are making a difference right now. We aim to act in line with the principles of climate justice, recognising the connections between the climate crisis and other global injustices. We want our environmental actions to support – rather than undermine or ignore – the needs of people on the frontlines of marginalisation and injustice.

We have set these targets and are acting in the knowledge that we aren’t yet doing everything right. We still have a great deal to do and much to learn. We welcome feedback from our clients on this environmental statement, our targets, and our action plans.