Product Attribute to Impact Algorithm - PAIA

​Using Streamlined Life Cycle Analysis to Estimate Carbon and Energy Impact

While cost, quality, and performance remain the primary drivers for decision making within firms, changing market dynamics stemming from volatile energy prices, pressure from consumers and private groups, and rapidly developing eco-labeling efforts are causing many firms to focus on the quantification of environmental performance. However, executing quantitative measurement and identifying primary drivers of impact present particular challenges due to the complex and evolving dynamics of products and supply chains.

Since 2014, MIT has partnered with the international sustainability consulting firm Quantis to continue the development and implementation of PAIA, as well as manage the consortium of member companies that contribute to and guide PAIA's development. In 2018, Quantis launched a new PAIA web platform with tools for eight different products (servers, displays, notebooks, thin clients, desktops, all-in-ones, tablets, and network switches). For more information about the PAIA tools, visit the Quantis PAIA page or contact PAIA@quantis-intl.com

PAIA meets IEC TR 62921 requirements.

Research Approach

PAIA Tools Under Development

Harmonization with Other Efforts

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