The first-ever Bonsucro Technical Week kicks off in Brazil

24th April 2017

Last month, 59 people, drawn from sugarcane mills, auditors, consultants and civil society organisations gathered in Campinas, Brazil, for the first-ever Bonsucro Technical Week.

The notable mix or participants with different backgrounds helped to enrich the discussion and lessons shared during the event.

The week started with introduction training where participants were able to get an understanding of the Bonsucro Certification System, including the Bonsucro Production Standard and the Bonsucro Calculator. The week continued with the expert/auditor qualification training, which is aimed at Lead Auditors and Technical Managers. The training includes a qualification exam,  and those who pass the exam are featured on the Bonsucro Website as qualified auditors and consultants.

The fourth day was dedicated to learning and was open to all interested stakeholders. In the morning Bonsucro showcased the new IT platform, Bonsucro Connect, which is designed to enhance engagement with the Production and Chain of Custody Standards and to enable users to send, organise, and analyse their performance data more effectively. The mills and auditors in the session were excited about the opportunities that this session brings and are looking forward to using it in their mills. Participants provided extensive feedback that will help Bonsucro to further improve Connect before its official launch later in April.

Finally, the day concluded with a local implementation session, where a local multi-stakeholder group had the chance to discuss key local challenges and opportunities in the implementation of the Bonsucro Standard that could benefit from more locally meaningful guidance and support. The group explored important topics in social, environmental, and economic sustainability in Brazil, where value could be created by a local approach and by ‘translating’ the global standard into locally applicable recommendations, practices or technologies.

The week ended with a field trip to the Biosev mill, Leme, where the participants had the opportunity to hear about Biosev’s work plan to achieve Bonsucro certification and the tools they have implemented, as well as seeing the practices implemented at mill and farm level.

To find out more about Bonsucro’s upcoming events, including Technical Weeks, visit the Events page

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.