Bonsucro hires Regional Coordinator for Mexico

15th October 2019

Bonsucro is pleased to announce Benjamin Sandoval as the new Regional Coordinator for Mexico.

In his new role, Benjamin will be the first point of contact for all Bonsucro’s members and relationships in Mexico. He will support members with their sustainable production, processing and sourcing of sugarcane. Benjamin will coordinate with Mexico based stakeholders to continue the acceleration program, provide improvement support and deliver impact in order to strengthen Bonsucro in the region.

Benjamin is joining Bonsucro with over 7 years’ experience working in the Mexican sugar sector. After graduating from UNAM in International Relations and completing his master’s degree in Agroecology he worked at the Centre for Rural Development Studies (CESDER) in the Territory and Food Sovereignty department specialising in rural labour, skills training and social development projects. More of Benjamin’s background experience includes implementing projects to improve working conditions in the sugarcane field and improve productivity in mills. He has worked with organisations such as ILO, Solidaridad and World Vision.

If your company is involved in the sugarcane supply chain in Mexico and is interested in joining Bonsucro, visit our membership page.

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.