Truly sustainable software is financially, ethically, operationally and environmentally sustainable
Despite what the technology industry might say, software has real-world impacts and risks that need to be considered and mitigated. Sustainability goals are intrinsic to modern organisations and yet there is a general lack of understanding of how to make software truly sustainable.
At Scott Logic, we advise on and implement sustainable solutions across a series of sustainability themes. We go beyond just green and carbon considerations to design and build software that balances the many trade-offs – including impacts to ongoing software costs, impacts to users, and security and risk considerations – while aligning sustainability with organisational quality goals.
While climate action is important, there is a danger in over-indexing on carbon emission calculation rather than looking at pragmatic steps that provide balanced sustainable outcomes including, but not limited to, CO2e emissions reduction. Our holistic view is summarised below: