Bonsucro Certification Body meeting set to be held in Brazil

28th August 2019

Bonsucro certification reaches 160,000 workers & supports communities of over 600,000 people. There are now 107 production certificates in 14 countries, plus 42 Chain of Custody certificates in over 19 countries.

Bonsucro’s certification scheme relies on third-party audits delivered by Bonsucro licensed Certification Bodies (CBs), whose dedicated teams offer their services and expertise to the sugarcane industry across the world.

On 29 & 30 August 2019, all of Bonsucro’s licensed CBs will meet in São Paulo, Brazil. This meeting will be a great opportunity to share knowledge and experience, and work together on new opportunities to improve our certification system to deliver the guarantees behind the Bonsucro system. Topics to be covered include:

  • Discussion and feedback on implementation of the revised Chain of Custody Standard
  • Training on the new Certification Protocol
  • An update on the Production Standard revision
  • Feedback on CB oversight
  • Training on Bonsucro Calculator & Connect

Our thanks go to UNICA who has kindly offered their offices to host the event.

To find out more about the event, contact Celine Orthlieb, Bonsucro’s Assurance Manager.

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.