Melanie Rutten-Sülz joins Bonsucro’s Board of Directors

14th February 2018

Bonsucro welcomes Melanie Rutten-Sülz to Bonsucro’s Board of Directors as Chair of the Governance Committee.

“I’m honoured and excited to be serving on Bonsucro’s Board of Directors, and contribute with my multi-stakeholder platform, sector transformation and sustainability experience to Bonsucro’s further development, to deliver on its ambitious and powerful mission, transform the sugarcane sector and accelerate change for the benefit of producers, communities, businesses, economies and eco-systems in all sugarcane origins.”

Melanie is a mission-driven and results-oriented transformational thinker and leader, and a passionate global citizen. She has a strong background in multi-stakeholder convening, organisational development and sustainable agriculture and supply chains (in coffee), having successfully lead the development of the Common Code for the Coffee Community as well as the 4C Association and its successor, the Global Coffee Platform. She has also been serving on the Board of Directors of the ISEAL Alliance for three years.

Currently, she is the Secretary General of Youth For Understanding, a leader in intercultural exchange and educational programs for more than 60 years, and leading its Global Office in Brussels to coordinate and service 55+ member organizations across six continents.

Melanie has a Master degree in Latin American Studies, Economics and Political Sciences from the University of Cologne, Germany, and the Federal University of Ceará, Brazil. She is originally German, has lived and worked also in Brazil, Guatemala, Peru and the Netherlands, and is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.


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.