VPLS Joins iMasons Climate Accord

VPLS joins data center industry leaders in uniting to achieve carbon neutrality.


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VPLS has joined the iMasons Climate Accord (ICA). ICA is a historic coalition designed to govern a methodology to measure and reduce carbon in the infrastructure through products, power, and materials. The global colocation and managed services provider is joined by industry leaders who all agree the key to achieving carbon neutrality is by uniting.

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. Infrastructure Masons (iMasons) was established by Dean Nelson, a long-time Infrastructure executive, and industry contributor, to provide infrastructure executives and technical professionals an independent forum to connect, grow and give back. Nelson believes that 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 is essential to keeping the industry accountable for their sustainability standards.

“The demand for accessible, secure, and reliable data storage is only going to continue to grow. The data center industry is growing at a fast pace to keep up with this demand and as a growing industry we have the opportunity to set things off on the right foot.”

The data center industry has remarkably exceeded expectations in taking measures to reduce its carbon footprint. Initially, data center infrastructures were predicted to make up to 20% of the global energy usage. In 2020, data center power usage made up merely 1%, far superseding the expectations. This was achieved by making changes and upgrades to infrastructures, purchasing reusable power, and building energy-efficient infrastructure. VPLS has reduced the PUE of two of their Northern California data centers upon acquiring them and aims to continue to keep with upgrades that improve sustainability.

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