GRAS - Global Risk Assessment Services
GRAS provides reliable information on ecological and social risks related to biomass of agricultural or forestry origin. Our analyses are based on 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.
- Successful implementation and monitoring of sustainability and zero-deforestation commitments
- Cost-efficient sustainability assessments
- Support of certification processes
- Efficient supplier management
- Regular sustainability reporting
- Customized solutions for your specific needs
- All services and analyses based on latest remote sensing technology
- Independent and objective analysis
GRAS sustainability risk assessments support the individual needs of different user groups:
Farmers & Investors
- Prepare for certification audits and analyze specific areas
- Avoid high risk investments and prevent loss of credibility
Traders & Retailers
- Implement and verify your zero-deforestation commitments
- Time and cost-efficient sustainability risk assessments along your supply chain
- Prepare for certification audits
- Analyse certification criteria such as violations against protected areas and land use change
Governments & NGOs
- Plan, implement and monitor biodiversity strategies
- Make land use management easier and more effective
GRAS facilitates the implementation of deforestation-free supply chains by delivering and processing geospatial data about land use changes, biodiversity, carbon stock, and social indices. Further, the results of GRAS analyses can be used to support investment decisions and certification processes, e.g. of schemes like RSPO and ISCC. Through its integrated sustainability risk assessment, GRAS actively supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
GRAS provides a wide range of services for free in the innovative and easy-to-use GRAS Tool. Further, we support individually customized solution on demand, serving the needs of our customers:
- Sustainability risk at a glance
- Autonomous sustainability analysis for your area of interest
- Up to date
- All services available for 40 countries
- Free access to all functionalities
- Individually tailored risk assessments
- For sourcing regions or individual farms
- Risk assessment based on individual sustainability requirements
- Cost-efficient and reliable combination of semi-automated and visual analysis
- Latest remote sensing technology
- Personal support and certification advice
GRAS is being developed in a process with contributions from several stakeholders, including research institutes, governmental organizations, NGOs, commercial companies, technology and software providers. The development of GRAS is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture through its central coordinating agency in the area of renewable resources FNR.
News and events
Fire season at its peak in South America
The wildfire season of South America is currently at its peak of activity. Stay informed about the latest detected fires in your area of interest and receive a fire alert via e-mail, updated on a daily basis.
October 17th 2018
GRAS at the Sustainable Landscapes Conference, London, 6-7 Nov 2018
Dr. Mohammad Abdel-Razek will present how businesses can support smallholders integration. The Sustainable Landscapes Conference of the Innovation Forum takes place on 6th November 2018 in London. Join GRAS in the session: Farmers - How can business help provide smallholders with the necessary finance and funding that they need?
September 30th 2018
New GRAS Index functionality available
You have now the option to adjust the weighting factors of the GRAS Index of your assessment in the GRAS Tool according to case-and region specific preferences!
September 15th 2018
Honduras now available in the GRAS Tool
Honduras is now available in GRAS. The dataset includes layers on Land Use Change, Biodiversity, Carbon Stock and Social Data. GRAS will add more countries in Central America and other world regions soon.
March 13th 2018
We cordially invite you to join the free webinar on how to “Implement and Monitor Deforestation-Free Supply Chains” with GRAS, taking place on 13 March 2018, 10:00 am (CET) and 5:00 pm (CET). The webinar will give you an insight on new functionalities of GRAS, outline recent case studies and give the attendants the chance to ask their questions. Register for the webinar here.
March 2nd 2018
Addressing the sustainability of sugarcane
In the recent issue of Biofuels International, GRAS is presented as a secure and credible solution provider for companies to prove compliance with national and international sustainability regulations and corporate commitments. The article shows how GRAS can be used to identify deforestation and grassland conversion and determine the exact point in time the land use change took place. The full article can be found here.
February 27th 2018
Sub-national data on Acute Food Insecurity now online for the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Food Security Classification data of FEWS NET (Famine Early Warning Systems Network) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo is now available in GRAS. The dataset includes near and medium term projections, and is updated on a monthly basis.
February 21st 2018
Colombia, South Africa and Peru now available in the GRAS Tool
GRAS added Colombia, South Africa and Peru to the Web Tool. The datasets include layers on Land Use Change, Biodiversity, Carbon Stock and Social Data. More countries will follow soon.
January 31st 2018
GHG values for canola cultivation in Australia and Canada now online
GHG emission values for canola cultivation in Australia and Canada, officially acknowledged by the European Commission, are now available in GRAS. The values have been published in the Commission Implementing Decisions (EU) 2017/2356 and (EU) 2017/2379, respectively.
January 29th 2018
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 2018
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 2018
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