About PAIA

Information & Communication Technology (ICT) companies are frequently asked to share product environmental footprint information to their stakeholders. Examples of products might be software applications and operating systems, web-based information and applications, data projectors, computers and laptops, telephones and other telecommunications products, and video equipment and multimedia products, among others.

The footprint information requested can be a carbon footprint or life cycle assessment, for example. These analyses can be resource-intensive and lengthy due to the high volume of products in the ICT industry in addition to the rapid product version updates on the market. This means that by the time a deep-dive footprint is complete and the results are achieved, the product may already be irrelevant.

Given these current limitations, there was a clear and urgent need for a tool that streamlines the calculation process for ICT product footprinting.

That’s where PAIA comes in.

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.

PAIA is also a network of ICT peers

PAIA was developed in a collaborative project with ICT companies including Cisco, IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Dell and Lenovo.

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Developed by MIT, PAIA is a leading and globally accepted methodology to streamline the product footprinting process. It can be used to meet the reporting requirements for EPEAT/IEEE, CDP, and many others.

Calculation Tools

Online, easy-to-use calculators that perform quantitative evaluations of ICT products at a reduced cost and with great consistency. Tools are currently being expanded to include impact categories beyond carbon, with other indicators such as water being added in the near future.


Being a member of PAIA gives you access to a consortium of ICT companies that meet regularly to discuss industry trends, share experiences and best practices, and influence the direction of PAIA.