Bonsucro Inspire Award Nominees for Ground Breaking Innovations

27th February 2019

Bonsucro Inspire Award Categories

  • Ground Breaking Innovations
  • Inspiring Sustainability Partnerships
  • Positive Social Impact
  • Excellence in Sugarcane Sustainability Communications


Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations – the diversity and strength of the nominations are testament to the commitment of many individuals and organisations to sustainable sugarcane around the world.


The Award for Ground-Breaking Innovations:

Innovation is a big driver of sustainability. All the companies below have shown how research, new methodologies of working, introduction of high-tech technology and improved information services, are all examples of how innovation can assist in improving sustainability in sugarcane production, milling or supply chains.


Judging criteria

> Specific contribution
> Collaboration with others
> Impact
> Learning which others can build on


The Nominees:


> Godavari Biorefineries Ltd

Godavari Biorefinaries is based in Mumbai, India, and produces sugar in addition to other foods, biofuels, chemicals, renewable energy, waxes, and other products, using sugarcane. 

Godavari Biorefineries has been nominated for its innovative work producing 1,3-Butylene Glycol using sugarcane based bio-ethanol.

Through this innovation, Godavari Biorefineries has reduced the amount of waste in the production process by using the effluents of one process to serve as the raw materials for another process. Seeing the company encourage the use of renewable resources that have lower environmental impact and improved performance.


> ORION: Tereos Sugar and Energy

Brazil-based Tereos Sugar and Energy is a cooperative sugar group that processes agricultural raw materials into sugar, alcohol and starch.

Tereos Sugar and Energy has been nominated for the ORION initiative. The ORION initiative (Observed Remote Information from Orbital Navigation) aims to reduce the impact of unintentional and accidental cane fires in São Paulo state, Brazil, by using satellite imagery for fire detection.

The initiative enables quicker combatting of fires, and decreased environmental risks and damages.


> Muda Cana Program: Orplana & Solidaridad

Solidaridad, an international NGO facilitating sustainable supply chains and Orplana, an organisation representing and organising sugarcane producers in Brazil and abroad, joined forces to develop the Muda Cana programme.

This nomination comes from the Muda Cana Programme’s aim to ensure the profitability of producers through innovative training, which helps the producer and technician to make more profitable and sustainable choices. The training focuses on pre-sprout seedlings, agricultural defences, nutrition, soil preparation, systematisation, to help increase the current production level in an sustainable way.


> Northern Agro Services Ltd

Bangladesh-based Northern Agro Services produces organic crop-based balanced fertilisers and NPKS fertiliser. 

Northern Agro Services’ recent ground breaking innovation is its fertiliser for sugarcane. The nomination indicates this fertiliser has been shown to improve yields by 36%, in line with the company’s ethos to provide farmers with technologically sophisticated sugarcane fertiliser, that exceeds a crop nutrition needs and reduces use of chemical fertilisers.


> Ingenieria y Refineria San Martin: Tabacal Agroindustria

Argentina-based Tabacal produces sugar, alcohols, bio-fertilizers, biofuels, bioelectricity, food and energy. 

Tabacal prides itself on producing these products in a sustainable way, which honours the environment and the people with whom they work. To further improve the sustainability of their production, Tabacal has undertaken an initiative to further reduce waste in their production, improve efficiency, and reduce chemical inputs. This initiative included expanding the mill’s crush capacity, constructing and deploying a dual distillery and molecular sieve, improving organic compost processes and the development of biological pest management solutions.


> ReduSa: Raízen

Raízen is Brazil’s main manufacturer of sugarcane ethanol, and one of the world’s largest exporters of sugar to the international market, with approximately 4.3 million tonnes of sugar produced annually. 

The ReduSa programme is Raízen’s latest innovation supporting sustainable sugarcane, which reduces Raízen’s water use in its 26 sugar, ethanol and energy production units.

Through innovative approaches to each element of production, over the last three years, the ReduSa initiative has saved 9 billion litres of water and achieved an energy reduction equivalent to 89 million kW through the reuse of hot water.


> NucaneTM Low GI Sugar: Sunshine Sugar

Australian company Sunshine Sugar produces raw and refined sugar products in New South Wales.InnovationSunshine Sugar is based in New South Wales, Australia and produces raw and refined sugar products. Sunshine Sugar has been nominated for their unique low GI sugar that applies no additives in the manufacturing process, nor is any additional processing involved. This innovation makes it possible to control and contain the beneficial elements that naturally occur in the sugarcane plant growth cycle through to the final crystalline sugar product. This innovation makes low GI easier to produce, and more cost effective for the end consumer.


About Bonsucro Global Week Sponsor ACT Commodities

ACT Commodities has partnered with Bonsucro for the Bonsucro Inspire Awards 2019.ACT works with Bonsucro members to facilitate Bonsucro Credit purchases between certified sugarcane mills and companies, creating value through simplicity for all parties involved. In turn, this helps them with their strategy, operations, marketing and translating the impact of their action from the producer to the end customer.

The Bonscuro Inspire Awards recognise significant contributions towards achieving the Bonsucro mission: responsible sugarcane production creating lasting value for the people, communities, businesses, economies and eco-systems in all cane growing origins.

“ACT is delighted to sponsor the Bonsucro Inspire Awards 2019. Recognising those people and organisations who are striving for a sustainable sugarcane industry is crucial. For us it is a true honour to support these diverse set of committed actors through these Awards.”

– Jaap Janssen, CEO, ACT Commodities.


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