Product Attributes to Impact Algorithm
PAIA is an easy-to-use web-based platform that delivers the environmental footprint of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) products.
PAIA delivers on 3 key components: a streamlined methodology for ICT product footprinting, a suite of simplified online tools, and a consortium of ICT companies.
The goal of PAIA is to help ICT companies perform quantitative and consistent environmental evaluations of their products in significantly less time and at reduced cost.
As of 2023, PAIA became wholly-managed by MIT. Quantis is proud of our contribution to creating such an important collaborative initiative. We continue to recognize the value of PAIA and wish it continued success.
ICT companies are frequently asked to share product environmental footprint information to their stakeholders. This information can be a carbon footprint or life cycle assessment, for example. These analyses can be resource-intensive due to the high volume of products in the ICT industry in addition to the rapid product version updates on the market. The result is that by the time a deep-dive footprint is complete, the result for the product may already be obsolete. There was a clear and urgent need for a tool that streamlines the calculation process for ICT product footprinting.
The PAIA platform, developed based on MIT’s methodology, was created to speed up the process while delivering streamlined and consistent results that are robust enough to make fact-based decisions on product sustainability.