In order to guarantee that its operations, its control systems and its processes always meet the highest standards, Odebrecht Agroindustrial has continued to hold the principal certifications of the sugar-energy sector.
Better Sugarcane Initiative (Bonsucro)
This certification is granted to companies practicing sustainability throughout the production chain, and is required for exporting sugarcane derivatives to European Union countries and to Asia. It indicates compliance with the law, respect for human rights and labor rights, the guarantee of sustainable production and conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems, in addition to productivity and constant improvement of the production process. The Alcídia (SP), Conquista do Pontal (SP) and Rio Claro (GO) units are certified. The Morro Vermelho (GO) and Alto Taquari (MT) are expected to be certified for the 2013-14 crop.
Renewable Fuel Standard 2 (RFS2)
For exporting ethanol to the United States, a series of documents and engineering details are required from the production units for certification to be granted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the US. Seven of the agroindustrial units are currently certified. The two newest units – Costa Rica (MS) and Água Emendada (GO) -, which started operating at the end of 2011, were audited in January 2013 and are awaiting the final procedures for their certificates to be issued.
Low Carbon Fuel Standard (FCFT)
The state of California, in the United States, through the California Air Resources Board (Carb), has the strictest legislation on fuels in the world. For ethanol to be allowed into California, it must be proved that its origin is clean and renewable. Additionally, the fuel is more acceptable when technologies of mechanization and power co-generation are integrated with its production. The Alcídia (SP), Alto Taquari (MT) and Conquista do Pontal (SP) units have been audited for compliance and are awaiting the issue of their certificates by the Carb.