Bonsucro joins Bond to further collaborate on driving change in the international development sector

11th March 2020

Bonsucro has joined Bond – the UK network for organisations working in international development.

Bond has 450 members in its network. The membership is comprised of a diverse range of organisations that help to eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice.

Bonsucro operates as a multi-stakeholder network to promote sustainability in sugarcane. We appreciate the value of an established network and believe in the power of collaboration to create change.

There is some overlap in Bond and Bonsucro’s membership. However, we believe that the Bond network will introduce us to some new organisations and open the door for new collaborations.

Bond is a useful platform for the latest news on international development. It has a series of support groups, platforms for discussion and library of resources. We aim to use our membership to build new relationships, learn from others and share ideas with the community.

bond logo on sugarcane
We’re really pleased to have joined this dynamic network and look forward to engaging further with the sector.

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.