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CyrusOne Joins Infrastructure Masons Climate Accord

May 19, 2022

CyrusOne Inc, a market leading global data center developer and operator has today announced it has joined the Infrastructure Masons (iMasons) Climate Accord (ICA), a coalition united on carbon reduction in digital infrastructure. The announcement was made at the Datacloud Global Congress conference in Monaco, the premier leadership gathering for senior executives across the data centre, cloud, edge, digital infrastructure and AI industries.

The ICA was established in February 2022, when iMasons Advisory Council members met to agree upon an initiative they could action together as an industry to battle climate change. From there, the objective of the ICA has been global carbon accounting of digital infrastructure influencing market-based decisions to drive the industry to achieve carbon neutrality.

iMasons Advisory Council members pledge to develop and adopt an open standard – one that provides transparency, traceability and identification of the carbon history of an item – to report carbon in data center power, materials and products and a maturity model to report participant progress. The founding coalition companies will establish an independent governing body to define the standard methodology for measuring carbon, ensuring transparency across the industry. The work of the ICA is important because, at present, there is no globally agreed method of measuring ‘embodied carbon’ – the carbon footprint of a product or service prior to intended use, which can cover everything from mining to manufacturing to transportation and more.

Kyle Myers, Head of Global Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability at CyrusOne comments: “With our commitment to a more sustainable future, we are proud to have joined the Climate Accord, a vitally important initiative not just for the digital infrastructure industry but for the future of the planet. It is no secret that climate change is happening before our eyes, and the Climate Accord will be invaluable in ensuring we are aligned with other key industry players on carbon reduction, legitimacy, collaboration and transparency.”

Dean Nelson, Chairman and Founder of Infrastructure Masons comments: “To tackle climate change head on, the digital infrastructure industry needs to take a leading role in achieving planetary Net Zero. It is vital we work together to tackle climate change, so we are pleased that CyrusOne, a key player in the data centre industry, has joined us on our mission to achieve industry-wide carbon neutrality. CyrusOne marks the latest in a growing list of globally-recognized organizations making the pledge to adopt an open standard on carbon and play a key role in defining next steps. I’d encourage all fellow leaders in digital infrastructure to sign up too and join us on this immensely important journey.”

CyrusOne’s participation in the ICA complements its work with the Climate Neutral Data Center Pact (CNDCP) in Europe, as well as its ongoing global commitment to Environment, Social and Governance (ESG).

To find out more about CyrusOne’s ESG commitments, read the 2022 Sustainability report here or visit https://cyrusone.com/about/esg/.

To find out more about CyrusOne’s involvement in the Climate Neutral Data Center Pact in Europe, visit https://cyrusone.com/blog-post/climate-neutral-data-center/.

About CyrusOne

CyrusOne is a leading global data center developer and operator specializing in delivering state-of-the-art digital infrastructure solutions. With more than 50 high-performance mission-critical facilities worldwide, the Company ensures the continued operation of digital infrastructure for nearly 1,000 customers, including approximately 200 Fortune 1000 companies.

CyrusOne’s leading global platform of hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud deployments offers customers colocation, hyperscale, and build-to-suit environments, which help enhance the strategic connections of their essential data infrastructures and support the achievement of sustainability goals. CyrusOne data centers offer world-class flexibility, enabling clients to modernize, simplify, and rapidly respond to changing demands. Combining exceptional financial strength, a broad global footprint, and continued investment in key digital gateway markets, CyrusOne provides the world’s largest companies with long-term stability and strategic advantage at scale.

For more information, please visit cyrusone.com

About Infrastructure Masons (iMasons)

Infrastructure Masons (iMasons) is a non-profit, professional association of technology and business leaders who represent over $150Bn in infrastructure projects in over 130 countries. The organization is guided by an Advisory Council composed of global leaders who manage some of the largest digital infrastructure portfolios in the world. The iMasons vision is to Unite the Builders of the Digital Age by enabling our global membership to Connect, Grow, and Give Back. Members leave their companies at the door and connect as individuals. iMasons has four strategic industry priorities – increase Awareness, enhance Education opportunities, champion Diversity & Inclusion, and inspire Sustainability through deep member engagement. Visit the website at imasons.org.

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