No haze-linked newsprint: SPH
SINGAPORE Press Holdings (SPH) said yesterday that it does not purchase any of its newsprint supplies for its newspapers from the five companies being probed for links to forest fires in Indonesia which have caused the haze.
The media organisation also said that it buys its newsprint supplies "from diversified sources in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific".
"A very high percentage - some 80 per cent - of the newsprint is derived from recycled paper," said Alan Chan, SPH's chief executive officer.
"Only the remaining 20 per cent is from virgin pulp and this comes from certified sustainable sources. None of the virgin pulp is sourced from Indonesia."
Late last month, the National Environment Agency (NEA) began legal action against five companies - Singapore-listed firm Asia Pulp and Paper and four Indonesian firms - it believes are the possible culprits behind the burning of forests in Indonesia that caused the haze.
After several days of hazy conditions, Singapore enjoyed blue skies yesterday with the 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index mostly in the moderate range (51 to 100), hovering between 67 and 92 from 1am to 7pm.
"Occasional, slightly hazy conditions" can be expected today, said NEA in an update at about 5.40pm yesterday. The 24-hour PSI for the next 24 hours is also expected to be in the high end of the moderate range.