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Profile of registrant

Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association

Identification number in the register: 22014486374-73
Registration date: 05/08/11 10:55:18

The information on this organisation was last modified on 09/07/14 12:31:49
The date of the last annual update was 09/07/14 12:31:49

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association
Acronym: UNICA
Legal status: Non Profit Organisation
Website address:


Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Trade, business & professional associations

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mrs  Elizabeth Farina
Position: CEO and President

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Ms  Geraldine Kutas
Position: Head of International Affairs

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 2179 - 9° Av. Brigadeiro Faria Lima 
São Paulo - SP 01452-000
Telephone number: (+55 11) 3093 4949
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) is the largest organization in Brazil representing sugar, ethanol and bioelectricity producers. UNICA members answer for more than 50% of all ethanol produced in Brazil and 60% of overall sugar production. The Brazilian sugarcane sector’s annual gross earnings are of nearly US$ 16 billion, and the sector directly employs over 1.28 million people.

UNICA’s objective in Brussels is to provide consumers, government officials, NGOs, the business community and the news media with up-to-date, detailed information on vital social, economic and environmental contributions of Brazil’s sugar, ethanol and bioelectricity sectors. UNICA’s aims at working pro-actively with the European Union and national policy-makers to identify opportunities to remove existing regulatory barriers within the EU. It monitors on-going and upcoming European legislation, alert members on developments affecting the sector and lobby European institutions so that its needs are recognized and taken into account in the EU decision-making process. It is also important for UNICA to develop a network of high-level contacts among the European Institutions and other stakeholders.

UNICA actively participates in the EU decision-making process, and follows key EU legislative proposals with a direct impact on the industry in the field of energy, environment, trade (MERCOSUR and WTO), and transport and agriculture issues, among others.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • national
  • European

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 1
Complementary information: UNICA’s mission is to play a leading role in the consolidation of the Brazilian sugarcane industry as a modern agroindustrial complex equipped to compete sustainably, in Brazil and around the world, as suppliers of ethanol, sugar and bioelectricity.

• Consolidate ethanol as a globally traded commodity
• Promote demand of ethanol as a clean, renewable transport fuel

• Expand use of ethanol to other relevant sectors
• Foment large-scale production of bioelectricity for Brazil’s domestic market
• Assist member companies in becoming sustainability benchmarks
• Disseminate solid, credible scientific data about the competitiveness and sustainability of sugarcane ethanol

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Geraldine Kutas 15/07/14 11/07/15


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

- Proposal of a directive amending directives 2009/28/EC and 2009/30/EC
- EU - Mercosur trade negotiations
- 2030 energy and climate package

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Climate Action
  • Customs
  • Energy
  • Enterprise
  • Environment
  • Trade
  • Transport


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

Financial data

Financial year: 04/2013 - 03/2014
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 0 €
Grants: 0 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.