Sustainable ethanol in Brazil

Czarnikow was approached by a leading European independent fuel blender to assist it in sourcing environmentally-sustainable ethanol from Brazil.

At the time, European sustainability requirements were still in the process of being defined under the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and so this was new ground for producers.


Czarnikow undertook to help a number of its Brazilian clients to adapt to the new and anticipated EU legislation. Whilst many of these clients already had good processes in place, the need to demonstrate product sustainability was a new requirement. Czarnikow assisted the mills in preparing pre-audits and, later, comprehensive full audits covering: agricultural husbandry, including soil conservation, fertiliser and herbicide usage; internal management and control; environmental aspects, including conservation plans, deforestation, water resources, waste disposal; and social aspects, including remuneration, health and safety, social commitment and engagement with the community.

These mills were the first sugarcane processors in the world to achieve Gold Standard for sustainable ethanol.