Announcing changes to the Board of Directors

16th April 2019

Bonsucro is delighted to announce two changes to the Bonsucro Board of Directors:

> Chair of the Members’ Council, Claudia Asensio, Head of Sustainability and New Products at Grupo Pantaleon
Bonsucro would like to formally welcome Claudia Asensio as the new Chair of the Members’ Council following her previous role as Vice Chair, taking over from Alex Bjork.

Dr. Claudia Asensio manages the Corporate Responsibility division for Pantaleon Group, a sugarcane, ethanol and energy production company in Latin America.

On her new role with Bonsucro, Claudia notes she “Looks forward to further promote the adoption of sustainable business practices in the sugarcane sector, and the uptake of sustainably certified sugar on behalf of end users”.

Read more about Claudia and her previous role on the Members’ Council.

> Vice-Chair of The Members Council, Meredith Smith, Sustainability and Quality Director – Americas, ED&F Man Liquid Products LLC

Bonsucro would also like to formally welcome Meredith Smith as the New Vice- Chair of the Members Council after receiving unanimous support from the Members’ Council. Meredith is responsible for sustainability, quality, and food safety for the Americas region at ED&F Man, and supports ED&F Man’s coffee and sugar divisions to ensure the regulatory compliance of its US businesses.

On her new role with Bonsucro, Meredith says “As a founding member of Bonsucro, ED&F Man has always supported and continues to champion advancements in sugarcane sustainability.  As the Vice-Chair of the Members Council, I will ensure that Members’ views are adequately represented and that the Members Council is fully informed.  I look forward to participating on the Board of Directors to advance industry best practices by increased implementation of the Bonsucro standards.”

See Meredith’s interview from Bonsucro’s Global Week in Bangkok this March.

Both the Members’ Council Chair and Vice-Chair sit on the Bonsucro Board.

Bonsucro & Renovabio: Exploring synergies and advancing GHG reduction in Brazil

Project partners: Earth innovation Institute and Agroicone
Project length: 12 months Budget: $22,347,79
Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals:

RenovaBio is a Brazilian biofuel policy designed to decrease Brazil’s greenhouse gas emissions by 10% by 2029 [compared to 2018], in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change. It aims to do this by incentivising fuel distributors to blend more biofuels into their products. RenovaBio has established a certification scheme for biofuel, towards which Brazilian sugarcane mills are working, that will enable them to trade decarbonisation credits on the Brazilian stock exchange.

Bonsucro continuously seeks to grow awareness and adoption of its standard. In Brazil, this can be achieved by aligning its framework with RenovaBio to optimise costs and time for mills. In 2019, Bonsucro received a grant of US $22,000 from the Earth Innovation Institute to provide a common understanding of how RenovaBio works and how other regions might benefit from this approach.

Bonsucro addressed the topic at Bonsucro Global Week in Bangkok in March 2019, and through three stakeholder forums in Brazil. The Bonsucro team also commissioned a technical comparison study, which enabled the organisation to understand how best to align with RenovaBio’s requirements.

The study has been shared with key stakeholders in Brazil and the project is now complete. Bonsucro is working to incorporate the study’s findings and recommendations through its ongoing Production Standard Revision process.

By aligning opportunities of optimisation, joint work and integration with the Brazilian Government and reflecting it in the Bonsucro Standard, Bonsucro can help to ensure that more producers adopt sustainability standards like Bonsucro.