GRAS – Global Risk Assessment Services
GRAS provides reliable information on ecological and social risks related to biomass of agricultural or forestry origin. It supports companies in setting up sustainable supply chains. GRAS directly supports auditors carrying out sustainability certifications and is an important information source for companies in several sectors interested in assessing the sustainability of their biomass supplies.
GRAS provides latest and comprehensive information on biodiversity, carbon stock, land use change (LUC) and social indices. The tool is tailored to sustainability requirements set by authorities, commercial customers and NGOs’. GRAS covers the sustainability criteria set up by the European Commission in the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and sustainability requirements of individual companies and associations in the food, feed and chemical sector.
GRAS is designed to
- conduct objective and transparent risk assessments for production areas or regions
- identify land use change i.e. the conversion of forest or grassland into agricultural crop land
- view protected and biodiverse areas as well as their strictness of protection and determine their distance to or overlap with production areas
- identify high carbon stock areas and get information about the total carbon content of an area
- get information about the social situation in a country regarding human rights and governance conditions
- document the results of your analysis in a report.
With GRAS auditors carrying out certifications in schemes such as ISCC, RTRS, RSPO and FSC can conduct objective risk assessments and prepare for onsite audits. GRAS also helps companies to assess their suppliers or do self-assessments of their own production areas regarding sustainability aspects. GRAS also supports decision makers in the financial sector when considering investments in new projects.
The development of GRAS is supported by
A brief overview about GRAS and its features as a one-pager is available for download here.
News and events
GRAS Fire Alert online now
The new GRAS Fire Alert function is now available for Indonesia and countries in South America. Beside the visualization of latest and historical fires within the tool, the user can now register for an e-mail alert. The user will be informed based on daily updates, in case a fire was identified within an area individually defined by himself.
January 11th 2017
GRAS article in ITC News
GRAS wrote an article in ITC News (2017-2), the alumni magazine of the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente. The article presents how GRAS provides solutions for a fact-based, objective and credible sustainability reporting and the support of efficient and reliable sustainability certification. The magazine contains results of an interdisciplinary workshop in Enschede, Netherlands.
January 10th 2017
GRAS Fire Tool
The new fire tool will be available soon in the GRAS Tool. Fires can be identified easily within your area of interest and for the time period you are interested in. The data will be available for Indonesia and updated on a daily basis. Other countries will follow soon.
September 21st 2017
New countries available soon
New countries will be added to the GRAS Tool soon. Data on Land Use Change, Biodiversity, Carbon Stock and Social Data will be available for USA, Australia and Democratic Republic of the Congo.
September 21st 2017
GRAS is mentioned in an article of the recent issue of Biofuels International. The article presents how GRAS is used by the well-established certification scheme for support of its Integrity Program. The full article can be found here.
March 15th 2017
GRAS at the COP22 Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh
Marrakesh, November 12th 2016.
How business can tackle deforestation
GRAS is co-sponsoring the conference "How business can tackle deforestation", which will take place in Washington DC on April 3rd-4th 2017. The conference will provide practical guidance for the development and implementation of zero deforestation policies for business. More information can be found here.
Washington DC, April 3rd-4th 2017
Geo-Information for Palm Oil
GRAS has co-organized the workshop "Geo-information for palm oil" at the Insitut of Computer Science of the University of Osnabrück. The workshop discussed the use of SAR remote sensing data in the palm oil research. More information can be found here.
Osnabrück, February 8th 2017
Copernicus Master 2016
GRAS for sustainable palm oil production
GRAS and its strategic role for supporting sustainable palm oil production are presented in the article "Sustainability as a Success Factor for Palm Oil Producers Supplying the European Vegetable Markets" in the issue Vol. 16(1) 2016 of the Peer Reviewed Journal Oil Palm Industry Economic Journal (OPIEJ).
GRAS for sustainable biofuels
GRAS has presented on the fifth annual seminar of "Sustainability of Biofuels" of the German Association for Bioenergy (BBE) and the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP).
Berlin, November 17th 2016.
GRAS as easy tool for identification of land use change
GRAS is mentioned in an article in Biofuels International discussing the successful implementation of EU policy in the sustainability certification of biofuels for the EU market. In particular, in the article is described how auditors and companies can access GRAS to detect land use change, verify the protection of no-go areas and implement no-deforestation commitments.
GRAS at EEB's Action for Nature Conference in Brussels
GRAS has given a presentation on "The Use of Satellite Imagery and Remote Sensing" at the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) Conference Action for Nature to be held in Brussels. The presentation will be part of the session "Better Enforcement of EU Environmental Laws".
Brussels, September 14th 2016.
Advantages of GRAS in the cosmetics and detergents sector
GRAS is presented in the article "Deforestation-free and traceable supply chains for the production of sustainable surfactants" in the July/August issue of the International Peer Reviewed Journal Household and Personal Care Today.
GRAS at EEB Annual Conference 2016 in Vienna
Vienna, September 26th 2016.
How companies can implement and monitor their no-deforestation commitments
GRAS is presented in an article of eco-business as a possible solution for companies to implement and monitor their zero-deforestation commitments. The GRAS Tool provides comprehensive sustainability-related information on biodiversity, carbon stock, land use change and social indices.
GRAS as a tool to guarantee sustainable bioenergy
GRAS is presented in an article in the EU Bioenergy blog discussing the verification and monitoring of sustainable biomass production. The GRAS Tool is described as one of the solutions to guarantee that biomass is produced sustainably and that biodiveristy and carbon stock areas are protected.
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