Claudia Asensio elected Vice Chair of Members’ Council

19th April 2018

Bonsucro would like to formally welcome Claudia Asensio as the Vice Chair of the Members Council after receiving unanimous support from the Members’ Council. Dr. Claudia Asensio manages the Corporate Responsibility division for Pantaleon Group, a sugarcane, ethanol and energy production company in Latin America. Corporate Responsibility for the group integrates environmental and social issues, including worker health and safety. Claudia has a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts and a Bachelors in Nursing Science with minors in Nutrition and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently finalising a Masters in Environmental Economics. She is board advisor to Fundación Carlos F. Novella and Vice-Chair for the Science Committee at the World Sugar Research.

The Members’ Council acts as a reference and sounding board for the Board of Directors, allowing members to have a critical input into the organisation. Each year one-fifth of the existing members of the Members’ Council must retire (those having been in post longest retiring first) and elections held for their replacements.

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.