Standard Revision Working Group meets in London

19th November 2019

This month, the Working Group that is responsible for the revision of Bonsucro’s Production Standard gathered in London for two days to discuss and develop amendments to the standard.

Bonsucro Sugarcane Sustainability Standards Revision

The Standard Revision Working Group is the primary assembly of experts and stakeholder representatives responsible for driving the revision of the Production Standard. It is made up of independent of specialists who are appointed to the group by the Technical Advisory Board.

Over two days, the group worked together to consolidate their research and thoughts around potential changes to the standard’s indicators. Many of the Working Group members have been part of advisory sessions held in local sugarcane industries across the world, and other technical research has been taking place for the revision. The feedback from these advisory sessions and the research was presented to the group to ensure that the revision takes into account a range of knowledge and expectations from our stakeholders around the globe.

This was the group’s final in-person meeting before the launch of the first draft of the Production Standard. The first draft will become available for comment in March 2020. We are very excited to see how it is taking shape; we believe that implementing its values will markedly improve the social and environmental conditions in the sugarcane sector.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to our Working Group members who took the time to be part of these meetings, as well as those who contributed to our advisory sessions. We appreciate the effort that they continue to give, to ensure that the Production Standard remains the premier framework for sustainable sugarcane.

The notes from this meeting will be published on our website. For more information please contact nahuel@bonsucro.com.

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.