Companies with Social Fuel Certification in Brazil


“Social Fuel Certification” (Selo Combustível Social) is an integral part of the Brazil National Biodiesel Production and Use Policy.  Obtaining the Social Fuel Certification allows the biodiesel producer to receive a tax reduction, participate in the public auctions of biodiesel (the primary means by which biodiesel is sold to distributors) and receive commercial incentives and funding.

In order to achieve “Social Fuel Certification” – the biodiesel producer must meet certain obligations including:

  • Acquire a minimum percentage of feedstock from family farmers (who are defined by law in Brazil)
  • Ensure training and technical assistance to these contracted farmers
  • Negotiate advance purchase and sale of feedstock with farmers or their cooperatives

The Social Fuel Certification is a ‘weighted’ system – greater emphasis is placed on those firms operating in the North and Northeast of the Country purchasing specific feedstocks.  Less weight is placed on other feedstocks, even if purchased from family farmers, in the Southern Regions of the Country.

The current list of companies with Social Fuel Certification is made public by the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MDA) .

You can find the PDF here


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About Sarina Kilham

I'm a Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. Trained as a social scientist and with a Masters in Sustainable Agriculture, I'm interested in farmer's experiences of growing feedstock for biodiesel production. My research has focused on biodiesel production in Brazil and Timor-Leste. Also on Twitter @sarinakilham and blogging at
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