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Envizi: Revolutionizing Corporate Sustainability Management in the Age of ESG

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In an era where environmental, social, and governance (ESG) concerns are reshaping the business landscape, organizations worldwide are grappling with the complexities of sustainability management. Enter Envizi, IBM’s cutting-edge sustainability performance management platform that’s transforming how enterprises approach their ESG initiatives. Let’s dive deep into what makes Envizi a game-changer in the world of corporate sustainability.

The Sustainability Imperative

Before we explore Envizi’s capabilities, it’s crucial to understand the context. Today, 86% of CEOs rank sustainability as their greatest organizational challenge. While 51% of companies have a sustainability strategy, only 35% have acted on it. This gap between intention and action highlights the need for robust tools to turn sustainability goals into tangible results.

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Envizi: A Comprehensive Solution

Envizi offers a suite of integrated solutions designed to address the multifaceted challenges of sustainability management. At the heart of Envizi is its ability to create a finance-grade, single system of record for sustainability data. This solves one of the most persistent problems in ESG management: data fragmentation. Envizi can handle over 500 data types and offers 600+ connectors, enabling automated data capture from various sources. This comprehensive approach ensures that organizations have a complete, accurate, and up-to-date view of their sustainability performance.

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) accounting is a cornerstone of sustainability efforts, and Envizi excels in this area. For Scope 1 & 2 GHG Accounting and Reporting, Envizi applies best practice methodologies built on the GHG Protocol, supporting both location-based and market-based reporting. It offers an extensive global library of over 40,000 managed emissions factors, ensuring accurate calculations across different regions and energy sources. Recognizing the complexity of Scope 3 emissions, Envizi supports multiple calculation methods including spend-based, average-data, hybrid, and supplier-specific approaches. The platform is continuously evolving, with plans to enhance supplier engagement capabilities for capturing product carbon footprints and other crucial data.

As ESG reporting requirements become more stringent and complex, Envizi’s Sustainability Reporting Manager (SRM) proves invaluable. It supports a wide array of reporting frameworks including GRI, SASB, CDP, TCFD, and emerging regulations like ESRS. The platform streamlines the reporting process, allowing organizations to efficiently manage disclosures across multiple frameworks from a single data source.

Envizi goes beyond reporting to actively support decarbonization efforts. Its Target Setting and Tracking feature allows organizations to set and monitor sustainability targets at various levels of the organization, covering metrics like energy, cost, emissions, or intensity. The Utility Bill Analytics helps organizations analyze and control energy costs and consumption, identify anomalies, and inform decision-making for energy efficiency. With Interval Meter Analytics, organizations can automate the capture of high-resolution meter data, enabling them to drive efficiency and decarbonize across facilities in real-time. The Sustainability Program Tracking feature allows companies to manage all sustainability initiatives in one place, track progress, verify results, and optimize investment decisions.

For organizations with large property portfolios, Envizi offers tools to capture building attribute and utility data, calculate ratings, and benchmark performance. It supports frameworks like GRESB, ENERGY STAR, and NABERS.

Continuous Innovation

IBM is committed to enhancing Envizi’s capabilities. Some exciting developments on the horizon include the migration of the Scope 3 AI Assist feature to, which will enable more sophisticated automated categorization of spend data for Scope 3 emissions calculations. A new Climate Risk Insights feature will help organizations assess their exposure to climate change-related risks, supporting TCFD reporting and risk management. A Financed Emissions Solution, tailored for banks, insurance companies, and investment managers, will support the complex task of calculating Scope 3 financed emissions. The Planning Analytics Add-On will include accelerators for energy and emissions forecasting and scenario modeling, helping organizations project future performance and develop decarbonization strategies. Enhanced Supplier Engagement features will support capturing product carbon footprints, supplier emissions data, and Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) goals.

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Global Reach and Scalability

Envizi’s impressive stats speak to its global reach and scalability. It serves over 150 enterprise clients in 152 countries, with over 7 billion records uploaded annually. The platform manages 690,000+ utility accounts and tracks 79,000+ utility meters. It supports multiple languages and currencies, making it suitable for multinational corporations. Recent and planned language additions include Polish, Korean, and Czech, expanding Envizi’s accessibility to new markets.

User-Centric Design

Envizi caters to a wide range of users within an organization, from sustainability managers and energy managers to C-suite executives. Its intuitive dashboards and flexible reporting tools ensure that each stakeholder can access the insights they need.

Competitive Edge

In a crowded market of sustainability software, Envizi stands out for its comprehensive approach. While some competitors focus solely on ESG reporting or energy management, Envizi offers a full suite of tools spanning data management, emissions accounting, reporting, and performance improvement. The backing of IBM further strengthens Envizi’s position, providing the resources for continued innovation and the ability to integrate with other IBM sustainability solutions.

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Looking Ahead

As sustainability continues to climb the corporate agenda, tools like Envizi will become increasingly crucial. With its comprehensive capabilities, continuous innovation, and the power of IBM behind it, Envizi is well-positioned to lead the way in sustainability performance management. From building a robust data foundation to streamlining reporting and driving decarbonization efforts, Envizi offers a holistic solution to the complex challenges of corporate sustainability. As regulations tighten and stakeholder expectations rise, Envizi provides organizations with the tools they need to not just comply, but to thrive in the new era of sustainable business.

In conclusion, Envizi represents more than just a software platform; it’s a partner in an organization’s sustainability journey. By providing the insights, tools, and support needed to turn sustainability goals into measurable results, Envizi is helping to shape a more sustainable future for businesses and the planet alike.

Cresco International: Your Trusted Partner in Envizi Implementation

While Envizi offers powerful capabilities, implementing and optimizing such a comprehensive platform can be a complex undertaking. This is where Cresco International comes in. As a specialized consulting firm with deep expertise in Envizi, Cresco International is uniquely positioned to help organizations maximize the value of their Envizi investment. Their team of experienced consultants understands not only the technical aspects of the platform but also the nuances of sustainability management and reporting. From initial setup and data integration to customized reporting and ongoing optimization, Cresco International can guide you through every step of your Envizi journey. They can help you align the platform with your specific sustainability goals, ensure seamless integration with your existing systems, and develop strategies to drive adoption across your organization. With Cresco International’s support, you can accelerate your sustainability initiatives, improve data quality and reporting efficiency, and ultimately drive better environmental and business outcomes. Whether you’re just starting with Envizi or looking to enhance your existing implementation, partnering with Cresco International can help you unlock the full potential of this powerful sustainability management platform.

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