Bonsucro Week 2016

26th January 2017

Last year’s Bonsucro Week brought together a global group of dedicated sugarcane thought leaders in London.

The week started with a guided tour of the Docklands Gallery in the Museum of London, focusing in particular on the the historical relationship between London, sugar, and slavery.

The theme of the next day was Learn, Share, Connect. Talks and workshop sessions were both educational and inspirational, and presentations from some of the most trusted names in the sugarcane industry proved to be powerful and moving.

Day 3 offered guests a chance to directly influence the world of sugarcane.

The day allowed us to update the community on what had been achieved over the previous 12 months, and guests were invited to contribute to plans going forward.

In addition, we received feedback about what priorities we should focus on, what the community’s and Bonsucro’s role is in making change happen, and what could be done differently to be more effective.

The remainder of the week, the Sustainable Sugarcane Conference, was conducted in partnership with Innovation Forum. The goal of the two-day event was to illustrate the commercial viability of ethical and sustainable sugarcane practices. It covered such topics as:

  • Transparency and Traceability
  • Human Rights
  • Smallholder Farmers
  • Environmental Pressures
  • Biofuels and Ethanol

We’d like to thank our speakers, partners, guests and staff for their time and engagement over the course of Bonsucro Week 2016, and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

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.