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


[Please remember to cite this blog post if you are re-posting or using it elsewhere. ]

Kilham, Sarina. Companies with Social Fuel Certification in Brazil. Retrieved date, from


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Social Structures in the semi-arid region and the biodiesel market

This is a good read and excellent for understanding some of the on-the-ground-realities of biodiesel for social inclusion outcomes in Brazil. 

[Use google translate if you don’t speak Portuguese : ) ]

Abstract: This article provides an analysis of the processes favored by the incentives and investments derived from the National Program for the Production and Use of Biodiesel (PNPB) in the semi-arid region of northeastern Brazil. Due to the importance of castor bean crops in the region and to PNPB’s wager on castor bean oil as an opportunity for family farmers to take part in the biodiesel market, the main goal of this study is to understand the structure and dynamics of the castor bean market, the changes that PNPB’s incentives have brought about, and the possible obstacles to the processes consistent with the program’s social goals. The analysis has shown that current actions have not been enough to alter the social structures linked to poverty and to poor farmers’ dependence, and also that business dynamics mean significant uncertainties regarding the continuity of current processes.

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Biodiesel Production Chain Bahia Brazil

Biodiesel Production Chain Bahia Brazil

This is some mind mapping I’ve done of the Biodiesel Production Chain in Bahia Brazil- mostly with castor bean in mind. This is still a draft – please contact me if you’d like to cite or discuss.

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Figure: Biodiesel Production in Bahia


What do you think of this diagram? Are there elements that I’ve missed? Something not clear? Its a real round-about of connections but the software I was using (scapple)  couldn’t create ‘looped links’ so I’ve done the best with explanatory boxes

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