Result of a multidisciplinary team performance
GRAS has been developed in a joint effort of a multidisciplinary team over a period of more than two years. Meo Carbon Solutions has been in charge for managing the project, defining the overall concept based on a comprehensive understanding of market needs, and to merge the required expertise. Partners from Europe, USA and Canada, South America and South East Asia contributed to the development of GRAS, bringing in expertise in sustainability, remote sensing, biodiversity and carbon stock assessment, database management and geospatial IT-services.
Meo Carbon Solutions is an independent management consulting company with a special focus and a long working history in the area of sustainability, renewable resources, climate change and GHG emissions. Meo supports decision-makers in companies, politics and administration across the world in defining and implementing strategies with a view to what is practically feasible and effective. Meo has already carried out several consulting projects for public and private organizations regarding environmental and social sustainability issues, sustainable land use and land use change, remote sensing analysis, greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity assessments and the implementation of improvement measures. Meo has also initiated and steered the development of ISCC in a multi-stakeholder process.
ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) is one of the leading certification systems for sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions. It was developed through an open stakeholder process involving associations, corporations, research institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). ISCC was the first global certification system that got recognised by a governmental authority. Since the start of the scheme more than 7.000 certificates have been issued in 92 countries. ISCC certification can be applied to all kinds of feedstock in the food and feed industry as well as the chemical industry and bioenergy market. During the GRAS system development, ISCC provided valuable practical experience regarding the potential issues of sustainability certification.
DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt) is the national aeronautics and space research center of the Federal Republic of Germany. This includes the development of environment-friendly technologies for energy supply and future mobility, as well as for communications and security. DLR's research portfolio ranges from fundamental research to the development of products for tomorrow. DLR's experts had strong contribution in the development of the GRAS land use change algorithm.
The Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) is an international center for research in global economic affairs, economic policy consulting, and economic education. The Institute engages especially in creating solutions to urgent problems in global economic affairs. On basis of its research, the Institute advises decisionmakers in policy, business, and society and informs the broader public about important developments in international economic policy. Within this project IFW experts provided detailed carbon stock maps.
Genscape Inc., Louisville (KT), expertise covers many years of experience in evaluation, modeling and visualizing of remote sensing data. Today, Genscape delivers its unique brand of unsurpassed market intelligence across the commodity and energy spectrum: Power, Oil, Natural Gas, Petrochemical and NGL, Agriculture, Biofuels, and Maritime Freight. Among others Genscape is US-leader of RIN verification.
Wabion is an independent specialist for IT-services and software with great expertise and experience on groupware solutions and migration. Employing specialists for enterprise search, email and cloud services Wabion is Google Enterprise Partner and IBM Advanced Business Partner. Wabion is strongly involved in the development of the GRAS maps tool.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. TNC achieves its mission through the dedicated efforts of diverse staff, including 600 scientists, located in more than 35 countries as well as the help of many partners individuals, governments, local non-profit organisations and corporations. TNC is taking on responsible tasks facing conservation today — from climate change to coral reefs, to energy development in a growing world. TNC supported GRAS with the assessment of biodiversity databases in Brazil.
The Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food (AAFC) is the department of the Government of Canada with responsibility for policies governing agriculture production, farming income, research and development, inspection, and the regulation of animals and plants.The activities of AAFC range from the farmer to the consumer, from the farm to global markets, through all phases of producing, processing and marketing of farm, food and bio-based products. AAFC helped GRAS in conducting groundtruthings in order to validate the results from GRAS' land use change detection methodology. AAFC also supported GRAS with the assessment of biodiversity and carbon stock information in Canada.
Our advisor, the German Welthungerhilfe, fights against global hunger and for sustainable food security. This incorporates the promotion of agriculture suited to local conditions, access to clean water, the provision of modern, environmentally friendly energy and the improvement of health and education. Welthungerhilfe advised the development of the GRAS social factor and will take part in its further development.
The Energy Resources Center (ERC) of the University of Illinois at Chicago is an interdisciplinary public service, research, and special projects organization dedicated to improving energy efficiency and the environment. The ERC provides expertise in the areas of energy efficiency, distributed generation, utilities billing management, and biofuels and bioenergy. Together with Genscape the ERC developed the split-screen land use assessment tool implemented in GRAS for the USA.
Casa da Floresta is a Brazilian company specialized in studies of biodiversity and sustainability. With 15 years of experience and a team of scientific specialists and researchers, Casa da Floresta is recognized for conducting assessments in the various biomes and ecosystems of Brazil and providing high-quality environmental consultancy. Casa da Floresta supported GRAS with on-site biodiversity assessments in Brazil.
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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