Once sustainability information from the factors
- Carbon Stock
- Land Use Change
- Social Indices
is estimated for a chosen assessment area within the GRAS Tool, the assessment area-specific GRAS Index is automatically calculated and displayed in the GRAS report. The GRAS Index can be regarded as the sum of the scores in the above-mentioned factors.
Users can utilize the score in the GRAS Index in several ways. First of all, it provides an independent instrument to evaluate and compare different first gathering points or farms/plantations around the globe. Secondly, several certification systems require their certification bodies to conduct risk assessments over the collecting point before the actual audit takes place. Depending on the risk assessment, the certification system can decide on:
- The frequency of surveillance audits
- The amount of farms/plantation delivering to the FGP that should be personally audited
- The period of validity of the certificate
In this context, the GRAS Index plays a major role in producing an automatic instrument to independently classify the sustainability risk in the assessment area. This will provide all stakeholders involved in the certification process with:
- More actual and reliable information
- An independent and easy-to-use source of information
Example: A first gathering point (FGP) in South America receives agricultural raw products from a defined assessment area. Thus, a percentage of No Go biodiversity areas, high carbon stock areas and identified LUC areas for the assessment area can be given as well as an overall score for social sustainability criteria for the administrative region where the assessment area is located.
The combination of
The weighting factors are set based on:
- Relative importance given to biodiversity, carbon stock, land use change and social factors inside the EU RED for the production of biomass
- Availability of comprehensive and reliable data
In addition to that, the WFSocial is set to 0 for countries that rank 0.9 or higher in the United Nation’s Human Development Index (HDI) or are EU-15 member states. The weighting factors are set as following:
|Factors||Weighting factor (WF)|
|Carbon stock||15 %|
|Land use change||35 %|
The GRAS Index classifies assessment areas according to their final scores as followed:
- Low Risk: the GRAS Index is lower than 0.2
- Medium Risk: the GRAS Index is included between 0.2 and 0.4
- High Risk: the GRAS Index is above 0.4
News and events
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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