Jean Claude Autrey elected as new Chair of the Board of Directors at Bonsucro

12th December 2019

Bonsucro is pleased to announce the election of Jean Claude Autrey as the new Chair of the Board of Directors.

In his new role Jean Claude will provide knowledge and leadership in fulfilling the vision and mission of the Board of Directors and Bonsucro. He will contribute to the Board achieving its legal and fiduciary obligations and share decision-making responsibility amongst the Board and actively follow up. Jean Claude will also act as an ambassador for Bonsucro, leveraging his own professional network advancing the global reach of Bonsucro.

Jean Claude will be championing the Board of Directors at Bonsucro with over 50 years’ experience working in the sugarcane industry. A graduate of University of London, Jean Claude holds MSc, PhD and DSc from the University of Exeter, UK. He spent 40 years at the Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute serving as Director for 11 years from 1996 to 2007. He has served the sugar industry in various capacities at national and international levels having been the Chairs of the Executive Committee and Council of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ISSCT), of the ACP Sugar Research Committee, of the ACP Scientific Advisory Group, the Board of Directors of the Mauritius Standards Bureau, the Société de Technologie Agricole et Sucrière de Maurice, the Royal Society of Art and Sciences of Mauritius amongst others. He has been the Coordinator of Science & Technology at Omnicane Ltd, which recently became the first Bonsucro Certified mill in Africa.  At present he is the General Secretary of ISSCT and the Chancellor of the University of Mauritius.

We welcome Jean Claude in his new role at Bonsucro. Bonsucro is set to have an important year 2020 whilst many businesses step up their efforts to meet sustainable sourcing commitments, while sugarcane producers around the world continue to improve their performance.

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

Sign up for Bonsucro Global Week 2020 here.

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.