Certification Update: 

8th August 2018

  > Changes to the Bonsucro Certification System

Following the recent release of the Bonsucro Production Standard for Smallholder Farmers, certification against this Standard will soon become a reality. Some additional options to the certification system have also been introduced whereby entities such as farms and mills can apply and become certified independently.

These changes have been created to widen the scope and reach of Bonsucro certifications and create more flexibility with increased options. Bonsucro Licensed Certification Bodies will also be preparing to provide these additional services.

  > Certification Protocol: Have your say 

Bonsucro is pleased to launch a public consultation on the draft v.6 of the Certification Protocol and invites you to participate.

The Bonsucro Certification Protocol outlines the audit process linked to providing certification against the Bonsucro Standards. It aims to provide the transparency that is required of an international Certification System and ensures the consistent application of Bonsucro requirements.

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.