Bonsucro at the WABCG Conference Brazil

17th June 2019

WABCG Brazil - BonsucroFrom 3-6 June, Bonsucro’s Regional Coordinator Brazil, Livia Ignácio, attended the 13th WABCG Conference Brazil, held in the city of Ribeirão Preto. The conference was organised by Orplana, an organisation representing Brazilian farmers. Orplana recently became one of Bonsucro’s newest members from Brazil.

Livia presented on certification of raw material for sugar production, having showed data on sustainability certifications for the largest agricultural commodities and the positive impact of Bonsucro certification on the sugarcane sector.

This was the first time the event has taken place in Brazil, with the participation of 150 sugarcane and sugar beet leaders. WABCG has 36 member associations from 34 different countries, bringing together five million sugarcane producers and 650,000 sugar beet growers from 5 continents within a single forum, being present in 34 countries, producing 60% of the world’s sugarcane and sugar beet.

Orplana – the Organization of Cane Planters of the Center-South Region of Brazil – was founded in 1976, with the objective of organizing the class of producers and increasing their representativeness in Brazil and abroad. It has the second highest productivity in the world, covering more than 500 municipalities and 850 thousand hectares, with a production of 60 million tons of sugarcane, encompassing 32 associations of suppliers of sugarcane, and represents 16,000 suppliers of sugarcane in the entire central-southern region of Brazil.

Want to know more about Bonsucro & Brazil?

Contact Bonsucro’s Regional Coordinator, 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.