Posted on May 21, 2020 by Sustainable Food News

Sustainable sugar certifier hits milestones

Bonsucro's latest Outcome Report shows program's benefits to farmers, environment

Bonsucro, owner of the sustainable sugarcane certification program, has published its 2020 Outcome Report, showing carbon dioxide emissions fell by 5.5 percent within one year of mills’ certification.

The London-based nonprofit was founded in 2008, and counts more than 500 members across the global supply chain in over 40 countries, with 123 Bonsucro-certified mills in 13 countries.

The Bonsucro Production Standard is regarded as a leading benchmark for sustainable development in the sugar sector and is one of the few certifications that measures for greenhouse gas emissions. The standard includes more than 40 social and environmental indicators evaluated at the mill and farm levels.

The 2020 report uses data from the 2018-19 sugarcane season measured by the Bonsucro Calculator – a reporting tool that certifies operators’ use, measuring their impact and benchmarking performance against sustainability indicators.

Almost three million tons of sugar cane products including ethanol, sugar and molasses is Bonsucro Certified. About 5.8 percent of global sugarcane land is Bonsucro certified.

The new report also showed that 4.9 million metric tons of sugar in 2019 generated 2.2 million cubic meters less water than in 2017.

Bonsucro said it added 25 new members in 2019, hailing from Poland, Ecuador, Hungary and Portugal, and from emerging sectors such as biomaterials.

Other report highlights include:

  • Average wages are 20 percent above national minimums in Bonsucro certified farms and mills
  • Yields increased by a global average of 8.7 additional metric tons of sugarcane per hectare

Bonsucro said it also secured $839,000 in investment for impact projects in sugarcane origins – an increase of 201 percent over 2018. For example, Bonsucro partners with multinational PepsiCo to train smallholder sugarcane producers in India and Thailand.

VIDEO: Introducing Bonsucro

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