Bonsucro Technical Training in India: Another step ahead towards sustainable sugar production

22nd July 2019

Bonsucro training participants in New Delhi, India, June 2019Thirty participants and a room that was filled with experience, energy and enthusiasm! That is how one can express the spirit with which the training program was held at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi from 24-26 June 2019. The training program was attended by a mixed group of experts from sugarcane mills and cane extension teams drawn from every corner of India.

Nahuel Tuñon, Standards Manager at Bonsucro, conducted the training explaining the Bonsucro Production Standard, giving special emphasis to the Smallholder Standard that was rolled out in July 2018. Bonsucro’s Director, Standards and Innovation, Nicolas Viart, also shared insightful experiences from around the globe. Bonsucro’s staff shared and discussed frameworks with the participants in order to help them develop their own Environmental Impact Management Plan (EIMP) as well as health and safety plans. Materials for training of trainers and farmer training were also shared.

These resources can be further incorporated to enhance the capacity building of all stakeholders at the mill and farms. Experienced personnel from the mill came forward to discuss the concerns of the changing environment in the sugarcane sector, and it was heartening to see their best practices being shared between participants. In recent years, Bonsucro membership has grown from strength to strength in India and this program will give it the further momentum.

Going beyond the training program, Nicolas Viart also conducted gap assessments at two Bonsucro member mills who are working towards certification. It was heartening to see the strong commitment at these mills towards Bonsucro.

We invite you to be a part of this exciting and inspiring journey !

Ritu Baruah

Regional Coordinator, India, Bonsucro

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.