WWF and Honduran Producer Association use Bonsucro as foundation for agreement

1st April 2018

Using Bonsucro as a core reference point, a newly-signed agreement promises to accelerate improvements in sustainable sugarcane production in Honduras.

The World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Sugar Producers Association of Honduras (APAH) have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish sustainability principles in the cultivation and production of sugarcane in Honduras. As part of the agreement, WWF and APAH will use the Bonsucro Production Standard to develop the axes and indicators for a ‘Sustainable Principles Guide’.

Miguel Hernández, Bonsucro’s Regional Director for Latin America said of the agreement: “Bonsucro, as a platform for change, is pleased to see organisations such as WWF and APAH using the Bonsucro Production Standard as the reference point for their own programmes, ensuring that they are developed with the credibility and robustness that the Standard brings while putting them in a sustainability context that works for the local producers. Collaboration is key for positive change within the sugarcane industry, and this agreement is a good example of key actors in Central America working together for continuous improvement.”

Andreas Lehnhoff, Director of WWF Guatemala/Mesoamerica indicated: “At WWF we are establishing alliances throughout the world to promote food production sustainability.  Best agriculture, social and working practices, as well as the adoption of voluntary international standards, bring multiple benefits to producers, communities and the environment. They make productive processes more efficient, reducing the ecological footprint, improving community relationships and making more competitive and sustainable businesses.”

The APAH welcomed the collaboration with WWF: “As part of the efforts and commitments with society, the sugarcane industry of Honduras is pleased to join efforts with WWF, a global, prestigious and well-known organisation, which allows us to perform efforts to identify the ruling principles for sustainability within our autoregulation strategy, which leads us to improve even more our performance and will allow more progress for the efforts that the sugar agroindustry makes in Honduras”, explained Gerardo J. Guillen of APAH.

Want to know more?

WWF

María del Rosario Calderón

Communications Officer, WWF Guatemala / Mesoamérica

rcalderon@wwfca.org

(502) 2366-5856 Ext. 120

APAH

Marcelo Lacayo González

Image and Communications Coordinator

Sugar Producers Association of Honduras

mlacayo@azucar.hn

(504) 2239-4933

Bonsucro

Miguel Hernández

Regional Director for Latin America

miguel@bonsucro.com

+44 (0)203 735 8514

 

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.