Bonsucro Ambassadors

Bonsucro Ambassadors are spokespeople with the ability and experience to represent Bonsucro. They’re knowledgeable about us and what we do, and are highly respected in their region. An Ambassador acts as a Bonsucro advocate, but may also provide useful insights to assist us in achieving our vision.

Do you know a potential Bonsucro Ambassador?

The Board has the power to appoint honorary Ambassadors. These are voluntary positions that provide us with a great opportunity to expand our reach and influence in specific areas of the world. If you know anyone who would make a great Bonsucro Ambassador, please get in touch.

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Robert Quirk

Australia

Robert Quirk has been growing sugar cane in the Tweed Valley Northern NSW Australia for over 50 years. He has held many industry roles – local, national and international – and still serves the industry at all levels today.

He has been awarded many honours for his work with the environment and sugarcane.

Robert’s practical hands-on research and peer-reviewed papers have seen him become a much sought after conference speaker in Australia and around the world. He has been an invited speaker in 30 countries, on topics as diverse as acid sulfate soil remediation, soil health, carbon accumulation in sugarcane, climate change and how we address it, bio-char and its benefits to sugarcane, and plant stone accumulation in sugarcane.

Robert continues to promote his passion for Bonsucro and sustainability at conferences and private visits to sugar areas around the globe.

Robert recently retired from the Board of Directors after 7 years of formal service to Bonsucro (as first Chair in 2009, until retirement in 2016). He was appointed by the Board as the first Bonsucro Ambassador to Australia in March 2016. Robert was a founding member of Bonsucro, and received Life Membership of Bonsucro in 2009 and the Bonsucro Sustainability Award in 2012. Robert is also an active member of the Australian Cane Farmers Association.

 

 Kiran  Wadhwana

India

Kiran’s work as a Bonscuro ambassador will support our mission to ensure that responsible sugarcane production creates lasting value for the people, communities, business, economies and eco-systems for all cane-growing origins.

Kiran has over 20 years in the sugarcane industry, including working as the CEO for Bhopal Sugar Industries for 18 years. Kiran was also a Board Member for both Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) and Indian Sugar Exim Corporation  (ISEC). Kiran has worked as an International Trading Partner at International Trading, and he will utilise his consultancy and networking to promote Bonsucro and strengthen relationships with members, as well as influence potential members and other stakeholders in India.

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.