LUXEMBOURG, July 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Adecoagro S.A. (NYSE: AGRO), one of the leading agricultural companies in South America, announced today that its sugar, ethanol and energy production cluster in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, has been certified under the Bonsucro Production Standard.
Angelica is the first mill in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul and the sixteenth worldwide to achieve the Bonsucro certification. Over 33 thousand hectares of sugarcane plantations were audited in the certification process, resulting in a certified production of 170 thousand tons of sugar and 125 thousand cubic meters of ethanol.
The Bonsucro Production Standard is a global multi-stakeholder non-profit initiative focused on improving the social, environmental, and economic sustainability of sugar, ethanol, and energy production from sugarcane. The certification assures buyers, suppliers and consumers that sugar and ethanol are produced with a focus on fulfillment of five key items: (i) legal compliance; (ii) biodiversity and ecosystem impacts; (iii) human rights; (iv) production and processing; and (v) continuous improvement.
This certification will allow Adecoagro to access new markets and expand its commercial opportunities. The Bonsucro certification meets the sustainability criteria set by the European Union Renewable Energy Directive, which mandates 20% renewable energy consumption for its Member States by 2020.Since its inception, Adecoagro's business model has been focused on operational efficiency to achieve low cost production balanced with environmental and social sustainability to ensure long term profitability. During the last 12-months, Adecoagro has achieved other important certifications for its food and renewable energy production: ethanol production has been approved to enter the U.S. market as an advanced biofuel under the Environmental Protection Agency's Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) and the California Air Resources Board Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS); soybean production has been certified by the Round Table on Responsible Soybean (RTRS). The Bonsucro certification is yet another proof of Adecoagro's strong commitment to the highest sustainability standards.