GHG footprint calculation (scope 1,2 and 3) for sugarcane producers




Nahuel Tunon
Nicolas Viart
Chen-Wie Chang


London | United Kingdom


Tackling climate change requires access to reliable data to evaluate footprint of the production of sugarcane. For the last 10 years, Bonsucro has offered to sugarcane producer a systematic and consistent methodology to evaluate their footprint and estimate their GHG emissions. A robust LCA is included in the Bonsucro calculator, the main tool used by certified sugarcane producers as part of their certification journey.

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Clients / Target group

The Bonsucro Calculator delivers a ready-to-use tool to evaluate a GHG footprint, relying on the collection of actual production data. Bonsucro engages with all stakeholders interested in supporting the sustainable production of sugarcane. With members in 52 countries and certified producers in 19 countries, Bonsucro is the leading platform to tackle sustainability challenges and provide support to producers. The Bonsucro Production Standard is the most widely recognised sustainability standard for sugarcane. It provides a clear grid of actions for producers who want to lower their footprint and enhance their resilience. The standard can be implemented in any sugarcane origin and applicable to any sugarcane farmers and millers.

Established collaborations and partnerships

With the support of SECO (Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs), Bonsucro, RSPO and GPSNR have partnered with University of Minnesota in the project "Forward thinking sustainability standards: how forecasting and a landscape approach can increase (knowledge and) impact".

The Programme proposes to use an innovative science-based approach to:  

  • Measure the impacts of Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) on multiple commodities and on key environmental goals including GHG reduction
  • Develop an innovative method to inform VSS stakeholders of risks in supply chains 
  • Identify how and where VSS can adapt to maximise benefits 
  • Identify policies that will increase uptake of VSS
  • Identify the economic benefits of VSS adoption 
  • Align VSS and users impact reporting with SDGs 

Bonsucro is supported by an independent Technical Advisory Board, led by Dr Peter Allsopp. Bonsucro has continuously and systematically gathered granular GHG data to provide insight and recognition of improvement achieved by sustainable producers. We are looking to further engage with LCA experts and researchers to strengthened our analyses and increase their reach and use.

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1 Comment

  1. We had a look at their GHG calculator they use for their certification program. I once developed a post-harvest loss calculator in Excel ( and was very interested to hear about their experience with Excel versus online databases and the challenge of decentralized data management. The cost of training users is a recurring theme. Excel has a great advantage because of its popularity. The technical realization is inexpensive. So it is also easier to improve and update it. Bonsucro GHG calculator takes into account a large set of indicators. will take a closer look at the calculator and try to find a number of other people developing similar calculators to learn from them and stimulate synergy.