Interview to Benoit Jobbé-Duval, President of Aneproma
Aneproma recognizes the immense history of Jaime Alcácer, its Honorary President, in his tireless work to promote the use of wood and extension of the proper protection of it according to its use. "There is no conceivable this partnership without the figure of Jaime Alcácer - says Benoit Jobbé-Duval-;" "he is a wrestler, a reference to our sector."
How do I create Aneproma?
Our profession was in need of a strong partnership. Aneproma defends the national treated wood. We constantly insist that our industry consumes Spanish wood and that it is treated in numerous autoclaves that exist in our country. They frequently enter wood treated with products that are banned in Spain. Also, these products also apply in the standards here we have set, because biological hazards that we cover are not the same who have to cover beyond the Pyrenees, for one simple reason: the existence in our territory of termite and a climate very different to the North of Europe.
One of the main challenges of Aneproma is the promotion of wood as a very important material in today's society. There are still people who believe that used wood is to contribute to deforestation. We do not get tired European tune with a magnificent document published by the CEI-Bois, patron of the wood, transmit otherwise: using wood is one of the key strategies in the fight against climate change.
The promotion and dissemination at all levels of the treated wood must be constant and permanent. In fact, one of the first decisions of the current directive has been the Organization of events in all Spain, coordinated hand in hand with business groups and local governments, to try to improve every day the image of the treated wood.
I believe that this great project for the dissemination of the treated wood is called 'aneproma tour', and has already held its first meeting in Asturias…
Indeed, the 'Aneproma Tour' brings together a series of simple key messages to clarify that the consumption of wood is needed, and presents-treated wood as a material suitable for applications in use 2, 3 and 4 classes; all of this so that administrations, builders and specifiers in general are aware of it and, little by little, lose their fear of use in their projects.
Who is Aneproma mainly with this informative project?
The main recipients of our message on the Tour are administration, colleges of architects and engineering, that is, all those people who make prescription and are susceptible to incorporate wood treated in their projects. We have a hard time that engineers and architects attend our calls for proposals; often, children are most receptive to this material. However, treated wood is used much in public works in coasts, natural parks, ayuntamientos… which gives us to understand that administrations are capturing and understanding our discourse.
The ideal is that all the links in a work may be required by quality; property, the prescriber, director of work and the Builder. Administrations and architects are able to require the use of treated wood, but all the professionals involved have information and be aware of the importance of working with a quality material.
All City Council is a potential buyer of a building in treated wood. From Aneproma to that none will be disappointed. We inform them about what they should require.
What other actions does propose carrying out Aneproma in the year now beginning?
In the spring of 2010 the Basque town of Biarritz will host the IRG (International Research Group of Wood Protection); the largest World Congress on the treated wood. All the stakeholders in the area attend this event, which last year had headquarters in Beijing. The WRI is a scientific Congress which emanate many communications and publications that will be the reference for the sector in the near future. Aneproma there, in collaboration with Inia and Maria Teresa of Troy, an active member of the WRI, a publication will be launched on the State of the art and the protection of the wood in Spain.
On the other hand, we are considering our 'tour' in the Basque country, Navarre and Catalonia; areas that have already requested our presence, although the 'Tour' is also performed by other communities.
What is the spectrum or profile of companies adhering to Aneproma?
Aneproma has the virtue of grouping all the Guild to the treated wood. The Association hosts carpenters interested in the treatment of the wood, to companies that have facilities for treatment in depth, going through law firms in curative treatment by traditional systems. Aneproma is not only oriented to companies that own autoclaves, although these are obviously the pillar of the partnership.
How do you view the level of professionalism, in general, by the empresas-miembro of Aneproma?
The companies that comprise Aneproma have become much more professional in the course of these years, offering guarantees with regard to the use of wood treated even in the most demanding applications. In the short term, appreciate the quality of treatment is not easy; because there are colorless products and check the depth of treatment involves destructive methods. For this reason the seriousness and professionalism of the provider of the treated wood is Basic.
How has it affected the group you represent the profound changes in the legislation on biocidal products?
All actors in the protection of the wood we had to adapt to the new legislation. Current policy nothing has to do with what we required a few years ago; at the level of products, processes and technology of treatment. We have done the homework, we have set out the day, and we have also had to defend a series of products that were questioned in Europe. Some have gone down in history, such as arsenic, but we have succeeded in that other active, 50ms harmful ingredients in correct use, continue to be accepted. In general, any chemical product that was going to the treated wood industry was of itself a bad image. We have shown with much work that well used chemistry is beneficial and harmless in our industry.
What recent actions has the Association carried out of training?
With the contribution of numerous members of the Association, Aneproma has published a Manual of the applicator protectors of timber dedicated to students who receive professional qualifications allowing them the use of biocidal products. In the past two years we have carried out several courses on application of chemicals in the wood and we are missing a specific support to orient and guide the students, which has materialized in the implementation of the manual.
We are prepared to meet any and all claims relating to wood treated correctly?
Spain is technologically ready to meet any requirement on treated wood. Information is available, there are standardized and proven methods of treatment and treatment products are due to regulatory requirements and are registered in the Ministry of health and Consumer Affairs. All the ingredients to work well are at hand. It depends on each professional that they are used correctly.
In what situations is the treated wood applicable?
The treated wood is applicable in agriculture, fences, stakes, espalderas…), furnishings (banks, wastebaskets, areas infantiles…), infrastructure (guardrails, noise barriers, bridges, gateways), construction (roofing, estructuras…)… Life takes place largely on the outside, and outside offers innumerable possibilities of placing treated wood.
Notes that the treated wood has travelled as a material in the near future?
As storage of CO2, the wood will be the main building of the future material. The consumption of the woodland is guarantee of this storage and the generation of new sinks in the future. Do not use wood which nature puts at our disposal would mean that this woodland, in the medium term, will only serve to emit more CO2 into the atmosphere, it becomes decrepit and passes give or2 medium and absorb CO2 to consume or2 and emit CO2 contrary to what you think people, if what we think of with calm is very similar to the cycle of human in that when we are older lose vitality.
We can not ignore ask him about the crisis. Is it affecting also to the companies in this sector?
I know that all the companies of the Association are in difficult times. No one is exempt from the scourge of the crisis. In these circumstances, it is difficult to prosper. In the best cases, the companies remain, but all suffer from difficulties of all kinds. The main work that can develop Aneproma is therefore continue its work of advocacy and outreach on treated wood, to expand its potential market in Spain.
Together with Confemadera, our Secretary general, José Miguel Solis, has swung with Aneproma. I am confident that your efforts and push will move in this direction. My greatest wish for 2010 is that the almost 200 signatures in Spain with autoclave will join this project to support each other in this common goal.