Study shows adoption of Bonsucro Sustainability Standard can halve sugarcane industry GHG emissions

Actualizado: 30 ene 2019

A landmark scientific study shows adoption of Bonsucro's Standards can halve sugarcane industry GHG emissions and reduce other negative impacts of production around the world.

A scientific study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal, led by University of Minnesota, in collaboration with the Coca-Cola Company and other organisations, reveals how global adoption of Bonsucro's voluntary sustainability standard (VSS) could halve greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (51%) in sugarcane production. With GHG emissions at the highest levels in history, the report highlights Bonsucro's ability to provide scalable solutions to tackle climate change and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The peer-reviewed study modelled the impacts of adopting the Bonsucro Standard across the sugarcane sector and found huge potential for environmental benefits, including how universal adoption would dramatically increase production yields in parts of the world, whilst reducing total production area (24%), water use (65%) and nutrient loading (34%).

This report uses Bonsucro as a case study. With climate change affecting every country and sugarcane demand expected to double, this scientific study suggests globally consistent sustainability standards like Bonsucro offer an effective roadmap to reducing negative impacts of sugarcane production.

"This world-class research provides evidence Bonsucro's Standard is an effective framework for addressing the negative effects of climate change" - Danielle Morley, Bonsucro CEO.

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