GRAS innovative platform for palm oil risk assessment
Palm oil is a widely used vegetable oil which can be found in various market products such as food, biofuels, beaty and cleaning products. The palm oil industry has been constantly growing to meet the market demand which is not without untold harms to the environment. The expansion of palm plantations to tropical rainforest with high biodiversity and areas with high soil carbon stock such as peatlands and wetlands raises major environmental issues that must be addressed urgently.
Considering the ever-increasing commitment of industry for purchasing and use of sustainable raw materials, there is a need to develop tools which can be used to monitor and claim zero-deforestation sourcing for palm oil.
GRAS is proud to present a state-of-the-art platform with unprecedented ability to monitor and automatically report the compliance of the palm plantations with sustainability certification schemes using reliable remote sensing techniques, in less than 5 minutes. Automated Risk Assessment tool (ARIA) is enabling auditors to evaluate the sustainability risk of farms in a straight-forward procedure for farms located in Indonesia and Malaysia which supply more than 80% of palm oil production in the market. ARIA was officially launched on the ISCC Regional Stakeholder South East Asia event and is now publicly accessible via GRAS website.