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Continuing to spread the Word about Clean Solutions from Sugarcane

By Marcos Jank posted Mar 05, 2012
When we created Sugarcane.org last year, our intent was to continuously provide pertinent information for a growing audience of people who wanted to learn more about different aspects from sugarcane: products, sustainability, benefits, the Brazilian experience, global policies and much more. We wanted to let you know that we have just up-loaded additional information and materials on the website.

When we created Sugarcane.org last year, our intent was to continuously provide pertinent information for a growing audience of people who wanted to learn more about different aspects from sugarcane: products, sustainability, benefits, the Brazilian experience, global policies and much more. We wanted to let you know that we have just up-loaded additional information and materials on the website. 

Here’s a brief snapshot of the new material we would like to share with you. We hope you find it helpful.

Additional content on sustainability and benefits from sugarcane include:

  • Sustainability Certification and Reporting - Certifications of sustainable production processes have been proliferating and it’s not different for the sugar-energy sector. Certification is an important instrument to attest that a product is being produced in a sustainable way, in accordance with clearly-defined environmental, social and economic criteria.
  • Carbon Credits from Bioelectricity - Bioelectricity is eligible for Certified Emissions Reductions (CER) under the Kyoto Protocol. Bioelectricity (from sugarcane) projects represent nearly 1/3 of the renewable energy projects in Brazil’s portfolio and will receive credits of about 5 million tons of GHG by 2012.
  • Improved Public Health - The benefits of replacing fossil fuels with ethanol go beyond reducing GHG emissions. It also improves air quality and reduces the health impacts of urban pollution.

Interested in the Brazilian sugarcane experience? Here’s some new material we have picked out on this topic:

  • Impact on Brazil’s Economy - The sugarcane industry in Brazil represents an important part in the country’s economy. The sector adds US$50 billion to the country’s GDP and provides  good employment to some 1.28 million workers whose salaries rank among the highest in  Brazil’s agricultural sector. 
  • Reduced Emissions - Since the start of Brazil’s ethanol program in 1975, more than 600 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions have been avoided thanks to the use of this clean and renewable fuel. 
  • Commitment to sustainability – The Brazilian government’s comprehensive package of environmental policies is a global benchmark and can serve as a model. 
  • Fair Pricing - In 1999, an innovative and voluntary sugarcane payment system was set up to help ensure fair and equitable relationships between sugarcane growers and millers.

Lastly, we have also included an overview of sugar policy United States and the European Union under the “Global Policy” section.

We want to keep you informed of the latest developments in the sugarcane industry in the best way possible, so please feel free to send us your suggestions about new content for this website.

Once again thank you for your support and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for latest news on clean and renewable solutions from sugarcane!

Our Authors

 

Géraldine Kutas, Head of International Affairs & Senior International Adviser to the President of UNICA Géraldine Kutas
Head of International Affairs & Senior International Adviser to the President

 

Leticia Phillips, Representative-North AmericaLeticia Phillips
Representative, North America

 

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