Customized Sustainability Solutions
GRAS is a solution provider and performs customized analyses for specific sourcing regions, individual farms and plantations or the entire supply base on demand. These services include individually tailored assessments and reports focused on biodiversity, carbon stock, land use change, social indices and additional criteria if required.
- Prove your sustainability commitments and profit from the enhanced credibility
- Make your sustainability strategy more effective with a reliable and cost-efficient risk management
- Contribute to the protection of our forests, grasslands and other high biodiverse landscapes
If you are interested in our customized services, we are happy to develop the right solution for your individual sustainability strategy. Our innovative approach allows us the full flexibility to adapt our services to your needs:
Explore examples for our customized approaches:
Implementation of zero-deforestation commitments
The verification of zero-deforestation commitments for the whole supply base is made possible by GRAS through a cost-efficient and reliable combination of semi-automated and detailed risk assessments from the sourcing area down to the farms/plantations according to the identified sustainability risk. GRAS uses innovative remote sensing technology, high resolution satellite imagery and advanced algorithms to securely verify the analysis results with highest accuracy.
Support of investment decisions
GRAS supports investment decisions through a cost-efficient semi-automated analysis of all provided farms/plantations with subsequent sustainability risk ranking and detailed analysis for all identified high risk farms/plantations.
Support of credible and cost-efficient certification processes
By using latest remote sensing technology, GRAS enables remote risk identification which makes sustainability certification more digital, more transparent, more effective and less costly. GRAS covers the sustainability criteria set up by the European Commission in the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and therefore supports certification processes under ISCC, RTRS, RSPO and other recognized certification schemes.
If you would like to learn more about our customized sustainability solutions, please contact us. We are happy to answer your questions and develop a customized solution for you to support your individual sustainability strategy.
News and events
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
GRAS is mentioned in an article of the recent issue of Biofuels International. The article presents how GRAS is used by the well-established certification scheme for support of its Integrity Program. The full article can be found here.
March 15th 2017
How business can tackle deforestation
GRAS is co-sponsoring the conference "How business can tackle deforestation", which will take place in Washington DC on April 3rd-4th 2017. The conference will provide practical guidance for the development and implementation of zero deforestation policies for business. More information can be found here.
Washington DC, April 3rd-4th 2017
Geo-Information for Palm Oil
GRAS has co-organized the workshop "Geo-information for palm oil" at the Insitut of Computer Science of the University of Osnabrück. The workshop discussed the use of SAR remote sensing data in the palm oil research. More information can be found here.
Osnabrück, February 8th 2017
GRAS at the COP22 Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh
Marrakesh, November 12th 2016
GRAS for sustainable palm oil production
GRAS and its strategic role for supporting sustainable palm oil production are presented in the article "Sustainability as a Success Factor for Palm Oil Producers Supplying the European Vegetable Markets" in the issue Vol. 16(1) 2016 of the Peer Reviewed Journal Oil Palm Industry Economic Journal (OPIEJ).
GRAS as easy tool for identification of land use change
GRAS is mentioned in an article in Biofuels International discussing the successful implementation of EU policy in the sustainability certification of biofuels for the EU market. In particular, in the article is described how auditors and companies can access GRAS to detect land use change, verify the protection of no-go areas and implement no-deforestation commitments.
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.
How companies can implement and monitor their no-deforestation commitments
GRAS is presented in an article of eco-business as a possible solution for companies to implement and monitor their zero-deforestation commitments. The GRAS Tool provides comprehensive sustainability-related information on biodiversity, carbon stock, land use change and social indices.
GRAS as a tool to guarantee sustainable bioenergy
GRAS is presented in an article in the EU Bioenergy blog discussing the verification and monitoring of sustainable biomass production. The GRAS Tool is described as one of the solutions to guarantee that biomass is produced sustainably and that biodiveristy and carbon stock areas are protected.
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