Sustainable Sugar Comes to Market, Sweet News for the Environment

A mill in Sao Paulo, Brazil has become the first to have its sugar cane production certified under the new Bonsucro certification standard, covering more than 130,000 tons of sugar and 63,000 cubic meters of ethanol. The certified sugar has already been scooped up by The Coca-Cola Company’s bottling system.

As one of the world’s thirstiest crops, sugar cane’s production can have major global impacts on water supply and quality and on the environments where it is produced.

Major production areas for sugar cane include ecologically important regions of the world such as the Mekong and Atlantic Forest. Sugar cane is used as a table sugar and in the production of foods, sweetened beverages, livestock feed, molasses, bioelectricity and biofuels.

What is Bonsucro?
Bonsucro is a global multi-stakeholder initiative dedicated to reducing the environmental and social impacts of sugar cane production, which was developed from WWF’s long running Better Sugar Cane Initiative.

“Brazil has shown great leadership in driving the industry toward a more sustainable business model. WWF remains committed to continue working closely with stakeholders in this region to monitor and improve the standards to ensure they deliver real on the ground conservation results.” –Kevin Ogorzalek, WWF

Learn more about WWF’s work to transform the sugar industry