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Gary ChandlerNovember 17, 20233 min read

The Crucial Role of KPIs for Sustainability in Large Organizations

In recent years, sustainability has become a pressing concern for organisations across the globe. As businesses recognise the urgent need to address environmental challenges, they are embracing sustainable practices to minimise their impact on the planet. However, achieving sustainability goals requires a comprehensive and coordinated effort across all departments within a large organisation. In particular, integrating Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for sustainability is vital to drive progress and monitor the effectiveness of sustainability initiatives.

This blog highlights the importance of having KPIs for sustainability and emphasises the need for their integration within IT teams, specifically infrastructure (infra) and security operations (SecOps). Additionally, we explore the emerging concept of GreenSecOps, which combines sustainability and security practices.

The Importance of KPIs for Sustainability

  • Setting Clear Objectives: KPIs for sustainability help organisations set clear objectives related to environmental impact reduction, resource efficiency, and carbon footprint reduction. These objectives provide a roadmap for decision-making and enable organisations to measure their progress towards sustainable goals.
  • Monitoring and Accountability: KPIs provide a mechanism for tracking and monitoring sustainability performance at various organisational levels. By establishing measurable targets and regularly assessing progress, companies can hold themselves accountable for their sustainability efforts. KPIs provide a tangible metric to measure success and identify areas that need improvement.
  • Driving Continuous Improvement: KPIs act as catalysts for driving continuous improvement in sustainability practices. By setting ambitious yet attainable targets, organisations can stimulate innovation and encourage employees to find more sustainable solutions. Regular performance evaluation against KPIs fosters a culture of continuous improvement, enabling organisations to adapt and refine their sustainability strategies over time.

Filtering KPIs Across IT Teams, Specifically Infra and SecOps

Infrastructure (Infra) Teams: Infra teams play a crucial role in the sustainability of an organisation’s IT infrastructure. By integrating sustainability-focused KPIs, such as energy efficiency, server consolidation, and virtualisation ratios, these teams can drive eco-friendly practices. KPIs related to infrastructure can help optimise energy consumption, reduce hardware waste, and promote the use of renewable energy sources.

Security Operations (SecOps): SecOps teams are responsible for safeguarding an organisation’s digital assets. Integrating sustainability-focused KPIs within SecOps ensures that security measures align with environmental goals. KPIs related to sustainable security practices may include reducing electronic waste generated through hardware disposal, promoting energy-efficient security appliances, and minimising the carbon footprint associated with security operations.

The Potential for GreenSecOps Functions

GreenSecOps is an emerging concept that combines sustainability principles with security operations. It involves integrating sustainability into the core functions of SecOps teams, thereby ensuring that security practices align with broader environmental objectives. GreenSecOps aims to minimise the environmental impact of security operations while maintaining robust protection against cyber threats. By establishing sustainability-focused KPIs for GreenSecOps, organisations can ensure that their security measures are not only effective but also aligned with their sustainability goals.

Benefits of GreenSecOps Functions:

  • Enhanced Environmental Performance: GreenSecOps functions enable organisations to minimise their carbon footprint by optimising security operations, reducing electronic waste, and adopting energy-efficient security technologies.
  • Holistic Approach: By integrating sustainability into security operations, organisations adopt a holistic approach to risk management that considers both cybersecurity threats and environmental impact.
  • Brand Reputation and Stakeholder Trust: Demonstrating a commitment to sustainability through GreenSecOps functions enhances an organisation’s brand reputation, builds stakeholder trust, and attracts environmentally conscious customers and partners.


In today’s era of environmental consciousness, large organisations must prioritise sustainability throughout their operations. By establishing sustainability-focused KPIs, organisations can set clear objectives, monitor progress, and drive continuous improvement. Filtering these KPIs across IT teams, specifically infra and SecOps, ensures that sustainability is ingrained in critical functions. Furthermore, the emerging concept of GreenSecOps presents an opportunity to align security practices with sustainability goals. By embracing GreenSecOps functions and establishing sustainability-focused KPIs, organisations can strive for a greener future while maintaining robust security measures.


Gary Chandler

Gary Chandler, Vice President of Research at QiO, focuses on driving the forefront of innovation in the realm of Research and Development. With a distinguished career spanning 25 years at Rolls-Royce, where he developed real-time safety-critical control systems for aero-engines, Gary now dedicates his expertise to researching emerging technologies, managing intellectual property through patents, and analyzing market trends. His deep knowledge and innovative approach, honed through initiatives like 'Lean Product Development' and the 'Internet of Things', continue to influence QiO's strategic direction in technology development. Gary joined QiO from Rolls-Royce, having spent 25 years developing real-time safety-critical control systems for aero-engines. As a keen strategist and innovator, Gary was a key leader in the adoption of ‘Lean Product Development’ and the ‘Internet of Things’ within Rolls-Royce, deeply engaging with the associated culture change.