What is Jurisdictional Sustainability?

15th February 2017

Read Earth Innovation Institute’s new report to find out how a jurisdictional approach can contribute to sustainable development regionally

We’d like to draw your attention to a new publication from Earth Innovation Institute, to which Bonsucro contributed, which aims to give an overview the concept and practice of ‘jurisdictional sustainability’.

Bonsucro welcomes the document, entitled ‘Jurisdictional Sustainability, A Primer for Practitioners’, and believes it will serve the sugarcane sector well. Bonsucro and its members will use the document to frame key activities to create sustainable supply origins and address key issues.

Jurisdictional Sustainability Primer

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The primer specifically supports Bonsucro’s three 2020 goals and provides critical elements to the development and implementation of Bonsucro’s Origins programme. Bonsucro uses the term Origin (cane-growing origin) rather than Jurisdiction to refer to the country in which the sugarcane is grown.

Bonsucro’s Origins programme will:

  • Develop and implement sustainability plans for focal origins.
  • Align external organisations and resources to support the sugarcane sector in specific countries, states, and provinces where cane is grown.
  • Catalyse solutions to systemic challenges and create new opportunities from sugarcane.

For more information on our developing origins program, please contact Sven Sielhorst.

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.