EU re-approves Bonsucro as a recognised scheme

23rd March 2017

Recognition allows bioethanol producers to show compliance with the Directive on Renewable Energy (EU RED) and access the European market.

Bonsucro is pleased to announce that the European Commission has once again recognised Bonsucro as compliant with the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED), allowing Bonsucro-certified ethanol made from sugarcane to be imported into the European market. The decision was published in the Official Journal of the European Union and came into force this morning.

Bonsucro certification was launched in 2011, and Bonsucro worked with the European Commission to become one of the recognised schemes. The original recognition was valid for five years, and the recognition renewal for a further five years comes after a thorough and comprehensive review process by the European Commission and appointed consultants. Operators looking to export ethanol to Europe choose the Bonsucro EU certification process.

“This is exciting news which will directly benefit Bonsucro’s members’ trading activities. It demonstrates the commitment of Bonsucro to supporting its membership as well as the credibility and recognition of the Bonsucro certification systems”
Nicolas Viart
Director, Standards & Innovation, Bonsucro

The EU RED was instrumental in driving the adoption and demonstration of sustainability performance by sugarcane operators and is still regarded as essential to achieving the EU 2020 strategy on energy consumption reduction.

Over the period of 2015/16, 35 mills achieved Bonsucro EU certification, offering the EU access to 1.8 million m3 of ethanol.

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.