Sustainable IT—the future of information technology

Sustainable IT measures and optimises the environmental footprint of your IT systems. Enacting impactful, cost-conscious practices in your overall performance is all about the tools you use, the framework you adopt, and the metrics you use to measure and manage change. For PALO IT, this applies to both external projects and internal benchmarks.

While technology is certainly the means to an end of this blueprint, attitude, policy and practice form the foundation of progress. After all, the end goal isn’t a single product or platform, but a culture of sustainability across an organisation.


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The PALO IT approach

How can we act on this data? PALO IT relies on four pillars to help our clients, transform the tech sector, and make sustainable IT a reality across organisations.

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Training & awareness


Meaningful transformation isn’t just about tapping into our team of experts, but empowering all people. This is where any project we’re a part of starts and ends.

From in-depth workshops to custom training materials, our approach builds awareness around the subject of sustainable IT, and gives autonomy to teams to steer their journey in the long-term, not just from the start and end date of our engagement.  We begin with the backbone of our sustainable approach - the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 17 global goals designed to be a "shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future."


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Using the UN SDGs as our cornerstone, we custom-built our engine of change - our PALO IT Impact Tracker relies on big data and AI to capture, correlate and analyze IT footprints. It offers the ability to visualise evolution towards science-based targets, measure short- and long-term results, and capitalise on opportunities when data reveals them.

PALO IT development, design and transformation teams use and train others on the platform, mixing technical skills with ESG know-how.

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Our Impact Tracker inspires deep-seated change, but a PALO IT project isn’t simply throwing out the old for the new, it’s taking existing solutions and gearing them towards sustainability.

From devices, to networks, to data centres and power grids, we take the whole of an IT infrastructure and measure, transfer and enhance it to better address one’s carbon footprint. The GR491 Handbook of Sustainable Design of Digital Services, created by Institutes for Sustainable IT provides the framework for us to begin this evaluation. This, supplemented, by the guidance of the UN SDGs, allows us to connect the dots and optimise systems from top to bottom.


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The PALO IT Impact Tracker connects the GR491 tech & strategy domains with specific UN SDGs (colour-coded here) and people.

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Transparency & Comms


So you've got the tools and methodologies under your wing, but how can you disperse this information in a useful, understandable way across an organisation? Sustainability always requires a multi-dimensional strategy, and the aspect of communications is no different. From finance to production, procurement to marketing, addressing the challenge at hand touches all parts of an organisation, not just IT teams.

Informational transparency and seamless communication is how we stay Agile, and ensure every stakeholder has a full view of what’s at stake, progress made, and where future improvements are taking us.


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The nuts and bolts of transformation

Any engagement the PALO IT team heads will differ depending on individual and business needs, but two streams form the backbone of our on-the-ground work, carbon & energy and device. 

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Interested in learning more about what’s possible? Let’s work together.


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Impact design

UX and UI design shape the behavior and daily habits of millions of people, and those actions affect our environment. By implementing sustainable thinking into our product designs, we give users the opportunity to positively impact the world, from applications for agritech, to waste management, and much more.

Learn more about impact design →

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Agile coaching and project management

Sustainability has always been a crucial component of the Agile mindset. The methodology is all about working smarter, not harder, and that attitude touches the people, products and organisations who adopt it.

Learn more about Agile coaching and project management →

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Digital transformation

Sustainable IT is the bread and butter of large-scale transformation. Our team works to assess where you are, finds opportunities for improvement, and begins dispersing best practices across your organisation.

Learn more about digital transformation →

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