Bonsucro hosts first Technical Week in Argentina

19th November 2019

Spanish language below

Bonsucro had the pleasure of hosting Technical Week in Salta, Argentina, from 4 – 8 November. This was the first Technical Week to be hosted in the country.

Twenty-three sugarcane and sustainability experts from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Sweden, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador spent a week understanding the Bonsucro certification systems and tools and sharing their knowledge and experiences of responsible sugarcane production.

Bonsucro Technical Week is Bonsucro’s most important training event. These events create a space for participants to increase their knowledge of Bonsucro and its tools, and to connect with colleagues from around the globe in a small group.

Technical Week participants at the Seaboard Renewable Energy and Food facilities. Photo credit: Seaboard

Through the week the group discussed how to ensure that the production of sugarcane creates lasting value for ecosystems, communities and businesses across cane growing origins. Some of the topics covered in the training included the Bonsucro Production Standard and Bonsucro tools, as well as practical sessions on developing and implementing effective health and safety management plans and carrying out gap assessments. During the five-day training, participants had the opportunity to visit the Bonsucro certified mill, Seaboard.

Seaboard is the second mill to achieve certification in Argentina after La Providencia-ARCOR , and is the first Argentine mill to certify its production of ethanol. The tour of Seaboard included a visit to a sugarcane plantation, the mill, a cogeneration plant and Seaboard’s new bioethanol distillery. The bioethanol distillery is the largest in the country and has a capacity to produce an impressive 850 cubic meters of ethanol per day. The group also visited Seaboard’s community initiatives, which have had a phenomenal impact on the nutrition and livelihoods of mothers and children in Seaboard’s community.

“Thank you, Seaboard for allowing us to visit your operation, to understand the challenges and opportunities of Bonsucro certification for sugar and ethanol. We are looking forward to welcoming you all to Bonsucro Global Week in Guadalajara, Mexico in March 2020!”

Miguel Hernández, Regional Director Latin America, Bonsucro

If you would like to find out more about our training events and Technical Weeks, please contact us at info@bonsucro.com.

 

Spanish text

Bonsucro tuvo el placer de organizar la Semana Técnica en Salta, Argentina, del 4 al 8 de noviembre. Esta fue la primera semana técnica que se celebró en el país. Veintitrés expertos en caña de azúcar y sostenibilidad de Argentina, Brasil, México, Suecia, República Dominicana, Honduras, Nicaragua y El Salvador pasaron una semana entendiendo los sistemas y herramientas de certificación de Bonsucro. Compartiendo sus conocimientos y experiencias de producción responsable de caña de azúcar.

La Semana Técnica de Bonsucro es el evento de capacitación más importante de Bonsucro . Estos eventos crean un espacio para que los participantes aumenten su conocimiento de Bonsucro y sus herramientas, y para conectarse con colegas de todo el mundo en un pequeño grupo .

Durante la semana, el grupo discutió cómo garantizar que la producción de caña de azúcar cree un valor duradero para los ecosistemas , las comunidades y las empresas en todos los orígenes del cultivo de caña. Algunos de los temas cubiertos en la capacitación incluyeron el estándar de producción Bonsucro y las herramientas disponibles en Bonsucro, así como sesiones prácticas sobre el desarrollo e implementación de planes efectivos de gestión de salud y seguridad y la realización de evaluaciones de brechas. Durante la capacitación de cinco días, los participantes tuvieron la oportunidad de visitar el Ingenio certificada Bonsucro, Seaboard .

Seaboard es el segundo Ingenio en lograr la certificación en Argentina después de La Providencia-ARCOR , y es el primer Ingenio argentino en certificar su producción de etanol. El recorrido por Seaboard incluyó una visita a campos de caña de azúcar, el Ingenio, una planta de cogeneración y la nueva destilería de bioetanol de Seaboard. La destilería de bioetanol es la más grande del país y tiene la capacidad de producir unos impresionantes 850 metros cúbicos de etanol por día. El grupo también visitó las iniciativas comunitarias de Seaboard, que han tenido un impacto fenomenal en la nutrición y mejora de los medios de vida de madres y niños en la comunidad de Seaboard.

Gracias Seaboard por permitirnos visitar su Ingenio, para entender los retos y oportunidades de la certificación Bonsucro en azúcar y etanol. Ahora los esperamos a todos en la Conferencia Global Bonsucro en Guadalajara, México en marzo 2020.”
– Miguel Hernández, Director Regional para América Latina, Bonsucro

Si desea obtener más información sobre nuestros eventos de capacitación y semanas técnicas, contáctenos en info@bonsucro.com.

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.