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 has been supported by
A brief overview about GRAS and its features as a one-pager is available for download here.
News and events
GRAS as easy tool for identification of land use change
GRAS is mentioned in an article in Biofuels International.
GRAS at EEB's Action for Nature Conference in Brussels
GRAS gave 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.
GRAS as a tool to guarantee sustainable bioenergy
GRAS is presented in an article in the EU Bioenergy blog.
How does GRAS work?
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