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Highlights from 2019

In 2019, Bonsucro continued to grow and build momentum towards its vision. It was a year of
many firsts: the first mills in Costa Rica and Mexico achieved certification and an Argentine
mill was the first in the country to achieve certification for ethanol. Bonsucro also worked
with Brazilian petrochemical company, Braskem, and European packing solutions
company, Tetra Pak, to offer the first bioplastic packaging in the food and drink sector
to be made from Bonsucro-certified, sustainably sourced sugarcane.

Take a look at some of the highlights from the 2019 Outcome Report below.

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5.8% of global sugarcane land is certified Bonsucro

$839,000 invested in Bonsucro impact projects in 2019, increase of 201% from 2018

Bonsucro certified operations globally exceed their target yields by an average of 8.65 additional tonnes of sugarcane per hectare

On average, wages are 20% above national minimum wage on Bonsucro-certified farms

The number of certified mills rose to 123 (compared to 49 in 2015)

72 million tonnes of certified sugarcane produced in 2018-19 (compared to 66 million in 2017-18)

The market experienced an uplift of 207%, to reach 946,559 tonnes tonnes of raw sugar credits

We collected data from 6 certified mills over 2016-18. Based on these 6 certified mills, the operations saved 20.5 million of CO2 and be equated to planting 1 million pine tress to absorb CO2

Certified mills produced 4.9 million tonnes of sugar using 2.2 million m3 less water than in 2017

Bonsucro & RenovaBio: Exploring synergies and advancing GHG reduction in Brazil

Building the capacity of sugarcane smallholders in Thailand

Promoting sustainable sugarcane production in Pakistan

Expanding access to finance to improve sugarcane farming in South Africa

Supporting mills and smallholders in adopting sustainable practices in India

Partnering with Fairtrade to support smallholders, mills and buyers in Belize and Mauritius

Mauritius reduces its use of agrochemicals to comply with the Bonsucro Production Standard

Threading sustainability through the value chain: Braskem and Tetra Pak

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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.