Frequently asked questions

What does Avarni’s AI actually do?

Avarni’s AI analyzes your data and predicts which emission factors should be mapped to any spend and activity data that it receives, with a high degree of accuracy. This automates what was previously a manual process. Think of it as a virtual analyst that does all the Excel work you don’t want to do for you.

Our AI uses today’s most powerful language models (LLMs) and a combination of RAG and prompt engineering to provide the most accurate predictions for your data. RAG (Retrieval-augmented generation) is one of the many techniques we use which allows our AI to reference a highly specific and up-to-date knowledge base of information that it can use to provide predictions with a much higher degree of accuracy.

Alongside this we also memorize and manage your manual spend mappings and use this to apply to future mappings in that same organization. We’ll base this on specific combinations of activity class, supplier name, and description information that we find in your business activity items. This provides a capability for you to override any predicted mappings with your own specific factors and is another layer of control our platform provides to ensure that you get the mappings that you need.

For more information, see our blog article: Enhancing accuracy in ESG reporting with AI — Part I: RAG vs Fine-Tuning

What methodology does Avarni use?

Avarni is built on the GHG Protocol, the global standard for carbon accounting which is compliant with all reporting frameworks, including CDP, GRI and TCFD.

Isn’t the spend based method inaccurate?

The spend based method is the best method for understanding quickly where in your supply chain your focus for supplier enablement should lie. It is not meant to be the be all and end all of supply chain emissions measurement. Once you know which suppliers to focus on, more accurate data must be sourced from them directly, which can be done using Avarni’s Supplier Mobilization tools.

How does Avarni help organizations get away from estimates?

Avarni puts our tools into the hands of your suppliers, enabling them to measure & report their emissions even if they have never done so before. Your suppliers are empowered to take a step further and begin planning reduction initiatives & tracking their own supply chain emissions. This reflects them as a preferred supplier back to you, motivating suppliers to stand out from competition and providing you with more accurate data that you can use to make better decisions on how to decarbonize.

How does Avarni handle categorisation if it has never seen a category before? Is manual mapping required?

There is no manual mapping required — Avarni's AI can automatically recognise which emission factor a category should map to, since it has been trained on millions of lines of real procurement data.

Where does Avarni source its emission factors from?

Avarni sources its emission factors from government agencies such as EPA, NGER, DEFRA, and others from the GHG Protocol. For Scope 3, factors are also sourced from third parties such as EXIOBASE.

Does Avarni have transparency over the factors it uses?

Avarni’s calculations completely disclose the emission factors that it uses, including the conversion factors themselves, the year, and source of factors. Avarni is unique in the market of carbon accounting in this way, and many other solutions do not offer this level of transparency. This means that all of Avarni’s calculations are fully auditable and exportable from the platform.

How does data integration with Avarni work?

Avarni integrates with over 1,000 SaaS apps, databases, AI services, and APIs – including Coupa, Microsoft Power BI, NetSuite, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP, ServiceNow, Xero, and more. So you can easily import your procurement spend data into Avarni, and get started on your carbon management plan.

In addition, data integration can be done using APIs that hook into Avarni’s platform on one end, and your platforms on the other end. The level of automation that can be done will depend on how flexible the APIs provided by your systems are — this can be more easily scoped out once we understand all the systems you'd like Avarni to interact with.

What Scope 3 categories does Avarni cover?

Avarni covers the Scope 3 categories 1-14, with specialised features to aid in the automatic calculation of Purchased Goods & Services, Capital Goods, Business Travel, Employee Commuting and Upstream & Downstream Transportation & Distribution. Avarni does not cover category 15 (Investments); this requires manual input of emission calculation.

Can Avarni also track Scope 1 & 2 emissions?

Yes – Avarni has capabilities to also track Scope 1 & 2. This is naturally necessary for us to provide to our customers' suppliers so our customers can get a supplier specific footprint (their Scope 3 is their suppliers' Scope 1 & 2).

Is Avarni's data audited or 3rd party accredited?

Avarni’s AI methodology aligns with TCFD, GRI and GHG Protocol standards. The methodology has been tried and tested by multiple leading consulting firms such as Schneider Electric and KPMG. They have compared its results against their manual calculation processes in order to verify its accuracy.

Can data be extracted from the Avarni platform?

Yes, all data can be exported out of the platform for use in Excel and other programs.

What support does Avarni provide?

Avarni provides platform support, as well as implementation support, as part of the subscription. If you require support with coming up with a carbon reduction strategy, or with the initial data collection process, we have a partner network of consultants that we can refer you to.

How does Avarni keep customer data secure?

Avarni is committed to protecting our customers' data. Discover how we secure your information with multiple layers of protection by visiting our Security page.

Supplier engagement is offered by many platforms – how is Avarni different?

Most solutions will offer a module that allows you to send questionnaires out to suppliers and source data through their responses. However, suppliers will be no more ready to actually decarbonize after submitting their responses.

Avarni focuses on supplier mobilization, by giving suppliers a free instance of Avarni that enables them to automate the calculation & reporting of their emissions, engage with their own supply chain, and track reduction initiatives over time that align with the incentives provided by their clients to take action.

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