Brazilian mill Goiasa-Goiatuba holds Bonsucro training

3rd July 2019

Bonsucro training in Goiasa mill, Goias State, BrazilFrom 24 to 28 June Bonsucro’s Regional Coordinator, Brazil, Livia Ignácio, visited Goiasa mill to deliver a complete set of training sessions on Bonsucro’s Standards to the mill’s team.

Goiasa-Goiatuba joined Bonsucro as members in June 2019, and the unit is seeking to achieve Bonsucro certification by the end of the year.

The training sessions covered Bonsucro Production Standard, Bonsucro new Chain of Custody Standard, and also an in-depth analysis of the Bonsucro Calculator.

Goiasa-Goiatuba is located in the state of Goiás, in the Center-West of Brazil, and started its activities in 1991 with sugarcane processing for the production of ethanol. Today the mill produces ethanol, crystal sugar, organic crystal sugar and electric power from bagasse. Goiasa has more than 2,500 employees, which makes the mill the largest employer in the municipalities and a significant player in the economy of the southern region of the state of Goiás.

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.