Vítor Poças, president of the Portuguese Wood and Furniture Industry Association, guarantees that the industry will be at the “frontier” in climate change
The chairman of the Portuguese Association of Wood and Furniture Industries (AIMMP) believes that “there is no greener sector in the economy than wood and furniture” and this will be the “frontier” of climate change.
“There is no industry in the economy that is more’green’, more environmentally friendly, and more ecological than this industry, because this industry uses renewable and sustainable raw materials. In addition, it produces products with a series of rupees: rebirth, reconversion , Recycling, recovery, reuse,” Vítor Poças said in an interview with Lusa in Dubai.
The official believes that the timber sector is “very important” and will be “at the forefront” in climate change.
“[O setor] Sustainable products in nature can be truly utilized, original raw materials or recycled raw materials can be used to produce products, which can be put on the market, exert their creative functions, and finally realize the AIMMP chairman pointed out that they are recycled, recycled and transformed into new products.
On the other hand, Vítor Poças emphasized the issue of carbon sequestration, which is critical to achieving the 2050 national carbon neutral goal.
“People don’t realize that when they buy furniture, they are storing carbon, when they build houses with more wood than concrete, they are storing carbon, and when they use wooden pallets – the average duration on that pallet lasts 10 Years-they will store carbon within 10 years,” the official emphasized and recalled that 65% of the goods people consume are transported on wooden pallets.
“We close the cycle, because’rebirth’ means cutting down and planting trees, and then making furniture or pieces that can be reused or recycled. It can be collected and recycled. Transform it into another”, emphasized by Vítor Poças .
AIMMP is currently performing commercial missions in Dubai from May 30th to June 3rd. 25 Portuguese companies in the industry will participate in this industry and showcase their products in the “important market of the United Arab Emirates.”
AIMMP is a non-profit business association established in 1957 with the purpose of public interest. Its mission is to represent, defend, support and promote the Portuguese timber and furniture industry, that is, to promote the internationalization of the industry.
*** Lusa went to Dubai at the invitation of AIMMP***