Guangxi East Asia Funan Refinery achieves China’s second Bonsucro certification

11th June 2018

We are pleased to announce China’s second Bonsucro certification has been awarded to the Guangxi East Asia Funan Refinery Sugar Company in May 2018. A producer of high quality granulated white sugar for the global market, the Funan refinery is the second company in the Guangxi Nanning East Asia Sugar Group (EAS) to be certified.

The East Asia Sugar Group is strategically positioning themselves as a leader in the Chinese sugar industry and is using the Bonsucro standard/certification as a means to help achieve their goals.  Mr. Chusak Vongkusolkit, CEO of EAS, explained that “the Bonsucro Standard is a good practice to improve sustainability and is aligned with their vision, mission and strategic direction.”

Certification helps to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability but there is also value in the process itself. According to the General Production Manager, Mr. Shi Baoxiong internal training and development to enhance the performance of individuals and teams is the most important commitment to sustainability. Prior to the certification audit, the team also benefitted from using the output summary on Bonsucro Connect to identify areas of concern and then use the guidance to correct it.

In the future, EAS intends to pursue their sustainability strategy through the promotion of Bonsucro certification to other EAS companies.

Mr. Liuxianqu, Quality Control Deputy General Manager, announces that “the next mill to pursue Bonsucro certification will be Guangxi Haitang East Asia Sugar Co., Ltd. in October 2018.” The future objective is to work closely with Bonsucro in order to introduce and make Bonsucro more known in China.

Mr. Liuxianqu sheds light on future potential projects including: providing Bonsucro in Chinese with translated material of standards and a Chinese name; inviting Bonsucro experts to Chinese farms and mills to further understand their environment; and finally publicising Bonsucro more widely in China in order to increase its popularity and awareness in Asia.


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.