The Carbon Footprint of Ice Watch
Pilio's Catherine Bottrill authored The Carbon Footprint of Ice Watch Exhibited at the UN Climate Change Summit (COP21) Paris, December 2015 for Julie's Bicycle.
Ice Watch is an artwork by Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing produced by Studio Olafur Eliasson. The carbon footprint resulting from the exhibition of Ice Watch during the UN Climate Change Summit (COP21) in Paris is 30 tonnes CO2e.
The transportation of the 12 blocks of ice, weighing 80 tonnes, from the Nuup Kangerlua fjord outside Nuuk in Greenland to Paris accounts for the majority of the emissions – 28 tonnes CO2e (93%). The exhibition of Ice Watch at the Place du Panthéon will result in 0.45 tonnes CO2e (2%). The remaining 1.5 tonnes CO2e (5%) are from the travel undertaken by the team from Olafur Eliasson Studios and Julie’s Bicycle travelling to Paris for the exhibit.
The carbon footprint of Ice Watch would be equivalent to 30 people flying return from Paris, France to Nuuk, Greenland.
Ice Watch is made up of blocks of ice ‘harvested’ from the sea and already ‘lost’ from the Greenland ice sheet, which is losing the equivalent of 1,000 such blocks of ice per second throughout the year.