Podcast: Jason Glaser, CEO at La Isla Network, Reveals The Critical Basics For Sustainable Sugarcane

10th January 2019

Jason Glaser, CEO at La Isla Network and member of Bonsucro, discusses chronic kidney disease of undetermined causes (CKDu) amongst sugarcane workers with Ian Welsh in a recent Innovation Forum podcast.

In this podcast, Jason showcases how the Adelante initiative is working with Bonsucro to reduce chronic kidney disease (CKDu) in sugarcane workers in Nicaragua by making sure all workers have access to the basics including water, rest and shade whilst working in the fields. Jason and Ian discuss further challenges in sugarcane supply chains whilst highlighting how simple solutions can often be the most effective.

Listen to the podcast here.

We’re delighted to announce Jason Glaser will be speaking at Bonsucro Global Week 2019.

Register now to learn more from La Isla Network’s studies in CKDu and what you can do to help improve worker livelihoods through sustainable sugarcane practices.

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.