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WWF launches new Singapore alliance on sustainable palm oil

June 29, 2016

WWF launches new Singapore alliance on sustainable palm oil

By Jessica Cheam
Wednesday 29 June 2016

WWF Singapore on Monday launched a new alliance on sustainable palm oil in a bid to boost demand for the commodity, and ultimately, help tackle the haze pollution plaguing the region for many decades.

Speaking at the launch of the alliance at Marina Bay Sands on Monday, WWF Singapore chief executive officer Elaine Tan said the alliance “sends a clear signal to consumers about which companies are committed to sustainability”.

“This is a timely opportunity for NGOs and businesses to work together towards transforming the palm oil industry,” she added.

The alliance, which aims to emulate similar networks in Europe that support sustainable palm oil, seeks to connect players in the palm oil industry, retailers and manufacturers to tackle deforestation and haze, said WWF.

The practice of burning peat or forest land, commonly used among Indonesia’s farmers as the cheapest way to clear land, has over the decades caused habitat loss, severe environmental impact and air pollution.

Read more at Eco-Business.

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