Introducing the iMasons Climate Accord
The iMasons Climate Accord (ICA) is a historic cooperative of companies committed to reducing carbon in digital infrastructure materials, products, and power.
“We established iMasons to unite the builders of the digital age,” said Dean Nelson, Chairman and Founder of Infrastructure Masons. “The ICA represents an unprecedented collaboration between leading digital infrastructure companies to accelerate our journey to carbon neutrality. Today, we are combining forces to compound the efforts of these firms to make meaningful and sustained progress toward that goal.”
iMasons Advisory Council members met on February 2, 2022 to decide on one thing they could do together as an industry to battle climate change. The ICA was born from that meeting.
In 2021, digital infrastructure included 7 million data centers worldwide representing 105GW of power capacity consuming 594TWhs of energy. This equates to 2.4% of global energy consumption. Currently, there is no universal labeling system or mechanism to measure embodied carbon over the life of the materials used to build data center facilities or the products that fill them.
It is essential to have industry adoption of an open standard to report carbon in data center materials and products, carbon intensity in power consumption, and a maturity model to report participant progress. Collaboration is key to compounding the results from the commitments of each of the ICA companies and ensuring the sum is greater than the parts.