Socicana wins MasterCana award for Bonsucro Work

3rd September 2019

2019 edition of the award recognises association’s work on Bonsucro

Socicana, an active member of Bonsucro for many years, was once again recognised by MasterCana, a long-standing award in the the Brazilian sugarcane sector, which highlights organisations that invest in human and technological improvements in agribusiness. 

At the award ceremony in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil on 19 August, Socicana won the award for their case study ‘Bonsucro Management Model in Rural Properties’. The project looks at an efficient management model, powered by an online platform, to manage all matters related to Bonsucro certification for Socicana’s associated farmers, ranging from their documentation until tools that automatically calculate volumes and certified mass balance.

The twelfth edition of the MasterCana awards saw 70 projects presented, covering projects with a high standard of complexity and scope. Over the years, the MasterCana Social Award has been encouraging and recognising better management practices and improved socio-environmental responsibility of sugarcane companies, as well as other businesses that supply products and services to the sector.

Congratulations to Socicana for their achievement.

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.