Global-Bio-Pact News

29-30 January 2013
Final Global-Bio-Pact Conference in Brussels, Belgium

17-21 September 2012
Global-Bio-Pact Meeting, Workshop, Study Tour in Buenos Aires, Argentina

18-22 June 2012
Global-Bio-Pact Participation at the 20th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EU BC&E)

15-17 February 2012
Global-Bio-Pact Meeting
in London, UK

28-29 September 2011
Workshop & Site Visit
in Bamako, Mali

26-27 September 2011
Meeting in Bamako, Mali

06-10 June 2011
Global-Bio-Pact Participation at the 19th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EU BC&E)

17 March 2011
Study Tour in Medan, Indonesia

16 March 2011
Workshop in Medan, Indonesia

14-15 March 2011
Meeting in Medan, Indonesia

9 September 2010
Workshop in Costa Rica

7-8 September 2010
2nd Global-Bio-Pact
Meeting in Costa Rica

03-07 May 2010
Global-Bio-Pact Participation at the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EBCE)

08/09 March 2010
Kick-off-Meeting in Germany


Case Study Costa Rica

National level: The smallest country of the Global-Bio-Pact Case Studies, Costa Rica has a long standing tradition of sugarcane production and ethanol production which started in 1918. The activity covers 9.3% of agricultural employment and 1.3% of total employment. Since 2004, Costa Rica dehydrates Brazilian ethanol to be further exported to the United States. Nowadays, the sugarcane area is 53,000 hectares, producing 400,000 tons. From these volumes ethanol production is still very limited, given favourable conditions for sugar supply and the lack of incentives to invest securely in ethanol facilities.

Local level: The local Case Study in Costa Rica is CATSA in Guanacaste representing a large modern plant in a flat area which is suitable for sugarcane monocultures. The plant produces ethanol for exportation (including to Germany) and has just passed successfully the auditing procedure of the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) Standard. In the 2008/09 harvesting season 13% of the national ethanol production (195,901 tons) was produced by CATSA. 800 farmers supply the plant with sugarcane (27% of cane processed in the mill).

The following Global-Bio-Pact report has been published:

Global-Bio-Pact Case Study: Socio-Economic Impacts of the sugarcane-to-ethanol production chain in Costa Rica
CATIE; Report of the FP7 Global-Bio-Pact Project (FP7-245085) [download]

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