Bonsucro and Earth Innovation Institute launch RenovaBio impact project in Brazil

14th June 2019

Bonsucro - 3FI - 2019 - Kick-off meeting - Picture 1

On June 12, Bonsucro led the official launch of an impact project in partnership with Earth Innovation Institute (EII) that is set to work on RenovaBio policy in Brazil.

Fifteen organisations were present at the kick-off meeting: representatives from the Brazilian Energy Agency (ANP), Bonsucro members such as Raízen, Copersucar, Tereos, Group São Martinho, Adecoagro, among others, and Bonsucro’s five licensed Certification Bodies.

The project aims to incorporate RenovaBio’s guidelines and criteria into the Bonsucro Standards via the revision of the Production Standard, which began in March 2019. The project also intends to provide national and international understanding of how RenovaBio operates and transfer learning to other countries (particularly those exporting ethanol under the EU RED) for low-carbon emission public/private mechanisms.

The project’s core deliverable is a technical comparative study between the Bonsucro and RenovaBio certification systems. The study is being developed with the support of Agroícone, one of the most respected consultancies in the sector. The study will potentially form the basis for formal recognition of Bonsucro’s certification system under RenovaBio by the Brazilian government.

RenovaBio is the Brazilian National Biofuels Policy, approved by Brazilian’s Congress in December 2017, intended to reduce the emissions intensity of the country in line with Brazilian’s commitments under the COP 21/Paris Agreement. The policy sets specific targets of decreasing carbon footprint of the national fuel mix as well as ensuring a long-term demand for low carbon fuels in the country. The new regulatory framework is being built throughout 2019, and a carbon credits trading facility should come into effect in early 2020. RenovaBio adopts a mechanism for qualifying biofuels according to their respective levels of energy-environmental efficiency through an individual and voluntary certification process, which is conducted by inspection companies nominated by the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

Want to know more?

If you are interested in learning more about the project, please contact Bonsucro’s Regional Coordinator for Brazil,  Livia Ignacio

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.