The Osmose Environmental Commitment
As a leading developer, provider, and applicator of remedial preservatives designed for in-service wood poles, Osmose has established research and development (R&D) priorities intended to maintain efficacy against decay and deterioration while optimizing the level of active ingredients, lowering the potential risks to non-target organisms, and eliminating petroleum-based carriers from our product line.
In addition to being environmentally preferable, Osmose preservatives and coatings increase service life of in-service utility structures, reducing the harvest of additional trees and the subsequent environmental effects associated with the manufacture of new poles. Beginning with the requirement to harvest a mature tree, every step in the manufacture of a new pole (regardless of material choice) consumes energy and creates greenhouse gas emissions.
Osmose is dedicated to the conservation of utility resources and strives to create a culture of environmental awareness both as a product developer and a service provider. We support the research and development of products and services that extend the safe and reliable service lives of structural T&D assets for many years beyond what is typically expected.
Conservation Through Preservation
Each year, Osmose inspects and treats millions of utility structures, extending their useful service life and forestalling their replacement for many years. For every 100,000 wood poles treated or restored (rather than replaced), more than 1.8 million gallons of fuel oil and 100,000 trees are saved. That's enough oil to fuel 3,300 automobiles for an entire year, and enough lumber to build more than 2,400 homes!
Myths About Remedial Treatment Dispelled
Empire State Electric Energy Research Corporation (ESEERCO) commissioned O’Brien & Gere Engineers, Inc. (OBG) to conduct an independent field study and associated risk assessment of remedial pole treatment and evaluate the potential ecological and human health impacts related to the application of five remedial wood preservatives to electric utility distribution poles. Among those five preservatives were four Osmose products: Osmoplastic® preservative paste, WoodFume® liquid fumigant, Hollow Heart® liquid internal treatment, and Cop-R-Nap® liquid internal treatment.
Conducted in the Adirondack Park wetlands, the study demonstrated that, when applied as directed, remedial wood preservatives have a unique affinity for wood and do not pose a significant environmental risk.
In the 20+ years since the publication of the OBG risk assessment, Osmose remedial preservative technologies have experienced significant changes in chemical composition. We've worked diligently to make our products even more environmentally responsible. We've optimized levels of active ingredients and eliminated petroleum-based carriers to further lower the potential risk to non-target organisms. OBG recently completed an updated study on our newest preservatives - MP500-EXT®, Hollow Heart® CB, Pole Wrap™ CB, MITC-FUME®, OsmoFume®, and WoodFume® - and found that, once again, Osmose remedial preservative treatments do not present any significant ecological or human health risk when properly applied to in-service wood utility poles.