Géraldine Kutas becomes new vice-chair of Bonsucro Board

1st February 2017

We’re excited to welcome Géraldine Kutas to Bonsucro’s Board of Directors as its Vice Chair. Géraldine currently head’s UNICA’s (the Brazilian Sugarcane Association) International Affairs operation in Brussels.

“I feel very honoured to become a board member of Bonsucro, a platform I helped to develop in its early days”, said Géraldine. “I’ll put all my energy and my knowledge on sugarcane at the service of its further development. I hope to contribute, under the leadership of Bonsucro’s chair, to the improvement of the overall sustainability of the sector.”

Géraldine’s appointment further strengthens an already impressive Board of Directors, which includes Jonathan Kingsman as its Chair, Eduardo Brunet as the Chair of the Governance & Nominations Committee, Diane Stevenson as the Members’ Council Chair, and Rob Cocco as the Finance & Risk Committee Chair. Jonathan Kingsman welcomed the Board’s newest member, “I am delighted that Géraldine has agreed to join the board as Vice Chair. Her experience and her passion for sustainability will be a great asset to the organisation and I look forward to working with her.”

At UNICA since 2007, Géraldine was responsible for defining and leading the entity’s international activities. A seasoned professional specialising in international trade policy, she leverages over a decade of experience to strengthen UNICA’s activities across the European Union, the United States and Asia. She has deep expertise in biofuels and agricultural policies, coupled with extensive exposure to multilateral and regional trade negotiations in agriculture. Géraldine has a Ph.D. in International Economics from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.

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.