Singapore calls on consumers to help tackle the haze
Edited comments by WWF-Singapore CEO Elaine Tan
Singapore skyline covered in haze
- The haze in Singapore – which hit hazardous levels in 2013 costing the economy US$1 billion a week - will get worse if plantation owners in Sumatra and Borneo continue burning forests as a cheap, fast way to make room for palm oil and pulp and paper production. The Singapore government recently agreed to fine companies causing transboundary haze pollution. While encouraging, it is not enough. Consumers can help by asking favourite retailers and brands to adopt sustainable practices in producing daily products, and urge producers to adopt certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) certification. WWF is promoting CSPO certification with plantation owners and businesses, and protection of forests with high biodiversity value.
Original article posted on: 18.09.15 Updated: 12.03.15