Sustainability planning and analysis
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A goal without a plan is just a wish. Use IBM® Planning Analytics for sustainability planning, simulation and optimization at any level of granularity.

Whether it's Scope 1, Scope 2, or Scope 3 emissions reduction efforts, IBM has you covered. Accurate, real-time data is available to all stakeholders in one secure collaborative planning and analysis platform. Conduct emission planning and simulation, run optimization models and carry out performance simulations to help meet sustainability goals and KPIs.


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What you can do
Emissions management

Go beyond sustainability reporting by breaking down targets and estimates, predicting and optimizing emissions by department and product, and measuring against benchmarks while reducing costs and waste.  Analyze your organization's emissions and run simulations to forecast and optimize the journey to net zero emissions with the support of AI.

Scope 3 emissions forecasting

Manage the strategic planning efforts, analysis and simulation of Scope 3 emissions. Incorporate sustainability action plans in your procurement initiatives so you can select partnerships that best align with your climate action goals.

Supply chain optimization

Choose the scenario template that best balances your long-term sustainability efforts with short-term supply chain goals by simulating all parameters–such as energy use, or staffing–in sandboxes. You can establish the baseline, create performance transparency and identify action steps for emissions reduction improvements.

Sustainability analytics

You can easily measure your performance against your emissions KPIs with real-time visibility into accurate and reliable data. Effectively manage expectations around emissions prioritization and management to ensure internal and external buy-in on what is attainable. The level of detailed granularity provides your planning team with insights for confident decision-making.

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Why IBM Planning Analytics?  This solution provides the tools organizations need for sustainability planning, simulation and optimization at any level of granularity and can handle billions of data records in real-time speed. Read the solution brief (850 KB) Save costs with better insights

Integrate sustainability strategy with existing financial plans such as cost-planning, profit and loss, or balance sheet to gain greater visibility into the environmental impact of your organization’s economic development.

Plan and adapt continuously

The sustainability planning process is highly dynamic. Assess and review your ESG KPIs considering short-term requirements and changing conditions. Plan your organizational roadmap and re-forecast as frequently as needed.

Simple integration

The solution interacts with all data formats and sources, including legacy ERP systems. This makes it considerably easier to integrate procurement with core company activities like financial information, capacity and production planning, or human resources needs.

AI has the potential to stabilize all the production and all the optimization we have here. We’re definitely looking on to those different possibilities of how to optimize our heat production, and our electricity output so that its best for the grid, best for us. Joonas Laitila Operator Vapo Oy The future of the energy industry

Frequently asked questions

Flexible software for modeling various sustainability use cases, with out-of-the-box functionalities such as scenario planning, AI-forecasting, and unlimited data granularity. Connect sustainability questions to other impacts like finance, production, and logistics.

Plan and forecast sustainability-related processes, including finance aspects such as cost and margin changes. Visualize results for procurement, production, strategic investments/budgets, and other company processes or sustainability targets.

Generally no, as the software can model any use case. However, for regulated reporting based on ESG standards, check how to fulfill requirements through an IBM Business Partner or other IBM sustainability software like Envizi. IBM only provides free "accelerators" for IBM Planning Analytics clients, not productive sustainability models.

Where it’s used

Cross-industry use cases

Supply chain

Blend hierarchy advanced analytics and an unlimited sandbox of “what-if” scenario analysis into your supply chain processes. With the foresight to pivot quickly, you can turn disruptions into opportunities.

IBM Envizi ESG Suite

Simplify the capture, consolidation, management, analysis and reporting of your environmental, social and governance (ESG) data.


Transcend the limits of manual planning with simplified, integrated financial planning and analysis. Achieve consensus between income statements, balance sheets and cash flow.

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