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​Asst Prof Janice Lee in Straits Times: Too early to say if company’s sustainability effort is successfully preventing peatland fire and haze

Published on: 31-May-2019

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) products were blamed for the 2015 haze after allowing forest fires within its concession, and its products were blacklisted in Singapore. Now, almost four years later, APP has been awarded the green label by the Environment Council (SEC). The Straits Times contacted ASE’s Asst Prof Janice Lee for a comment. She says that since the criteria for the Singapore Green Label Scheme are not available online it is difficult to compare to other forest labels, such as FSC. She adds that “It's definitely important for companies to incorproate sustaianbility policies in their business practices and implement them on the ground, but it may be too early to say that their efforts have succeeded in controlling fire over peatlands since there has not been severe El Nino events since 2015.”

Read the Straits Times article by Vanessa Liu here

Janice Lee is Principal Investigator for the Coupled Human and Natural Systems Lab. Read more about her reasearch here


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