Bonsucro certifies its twelfth sugarcane mill in Thailand

18th December 2019

Mitr Kasetr Uthaithani is the twelfth sugarcane mill in Thailand to become certified to the Bonsucro standard. The partnership demonstrates a commitment to developing a sustainability strategy towards improving the mill’s business model to address economic, social and environmental issues.

Using Bonsucro’s Standards, mills and farms around the world are able to improve their production and processing of sugarcane, and by achieving the Bonsucro Certification they can demonstrate their commitment to sustainability. Thailand is the world’s second biggest sugar exporter after Brazil, making Mitr Kasetr Uthaithani’s certification an important milestone and example of a commitment to a sustainable future.

The Bonsucro certification is aligned with Mitr Kasetr Uthaithani’s target to create long-lasting self-sustainable growth in its supply chain. The mill aims to benefit many beyond its farmers, and is already considering its social and environmental responsibility and the next steps forward.

“Through the Bonsucro’s Certification process, Mitr Kasetre Uthaithani has gained more awareness about our social and environmental responsibility as a sugarcane mill. The Bonsucro Calculator highlighted new guidelines which we can work with, including a new management model which will make our supply chain more transparent.” – Mr. Prayoon Jenlapwattanakul (Chairman)

Mr. Prayoon Jenlapwattanakul emphasizes that the company’s next step is to raise the awareness of farmers on why Bonsucro’s Standards are important, and how it will improve its mill, farm, and the environment. Mit Kasetr Uthaithani wants to set more sustainability targets in stone and ensure that everyone is working towards the same goal.

Find out more about Bonsucro certification.

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.