Bonsucro Standards Updated for EU RED

4th April 2017

The European Commission recently renewed Bonsucro’s status as a recognised scheme compliant with the EU Renewable Energy Directive (EU RED).

The recognition is valid for five years. To fully comply with the EU RED amendments, a small number of changes have been made to the documents in the Bonsucro Certification System. These updated versions can be found in the Tools & Resources section of the Bonsucro website:

This recognition allows Bonsucro-certified ethanol made from sugarcane to be imported into the European market. More can be read about the recognition in the announcement here.

Want to know more?

  • EU RED Recognition: If you would have any questions about Bonsucro’s EU Renewable Energy Directive recognition or the revised Standards, contact Sonia Slavinski.
  • Purchasing certified ethanol: To purchase Bonsucro certified ethanol please see the list of certified members.

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.