Hourly Carbon Analysis for All Iron Mountain Data Centers Across the U.S.

“The world's top businesses need data to be stored in carbon free data centers to achieve their ESG goals,” said Lincoln Payton, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at ClearTrace. “We are honored to work with Iron Mountain to lead the path forward for 100% carbon free data centers.”

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Iron Mountain has selected ClearTrace’s carbon accounting platform to provide hourly energy and carbon analysis for all of its data centers across the United States. It will provide Iron Mountain with the data and roadmap required to achieve 24/7 load-matched renewable energy usage for its North American data center energy consumption.

Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain is a large worldwide provider of information management, storage, and colocation services. The company is trusted by more than 225,000 clients worldwide.

ClearTrace enables businesses to back up their claims of carbon reductions, sustainability, and renewable energy, preventing greenwashing and providing a source of truth for corporate decarbonization.

Photo Chris Pennington, Director Energy and Sustainability at Iron Mountain Data Centers
“We are fully committed to achieving 100% clean energy for our data center customers, every hour of every day,” said Chris Pennington, Director Energy and Sustainability at Iron Mountain Data Centers.

ClearTrace is providing Iron Mountain with advanced digital infrastructure to assess the energy consumption and carbon effect of its data centers on a 24/7 hourly basis, generating 100% traceable and verifiable energy and carbon records.

The data and analysis provided by ClearTrace would enable Iron Mountain to collaborate with its suppliers to acquire renewables that match their present hourly shortages and eventually achieve real 100 percent carbon-free energy use around the clock.

“We are fully committed to achieving 100% clean energy for our data center customers, every hour of every day,” said Chris Pennington, Director Energy and Sustainability at Iron Mountain Data Centers. “After a successful pilot with ClearTrace, we are excited for the insights their technology will provide in support of our commitment to 24/7 carbon free energy. Knowing where we are throughout the journey towards complete decarbonization is critical for accurate reporting and credible results.”

Transition to 100% Carbon Free

As part of its decarbonization goal, Iron Mountain, along with industry heavyweights such as Google and Microsoft, is pioneering a new trend of 24/7 load-matched renewables. When compared to acquiring renewables on an annual match basis, this 24/7 strategy would cut carbon emissions significantly and, according to a recent Princeton Zero Lab research, will make the larger transition to 100 percent carbon free electricity more economical and attainable.

Iron Mountain’s three sites have already began measuring 24/7 carbon free energy performance. By doing so, the company claims it’s the first big colocation data center provider to do so. With ClearTrace, its extra seven data center campuses can now be tracked to the same degree of granularity on an hourly basis.

Carbon emissions from data centers are well-known for being both vital and difficult to reduce. Most major corporations include data center carbon emissions in their ‘Scope 3’ emissions, which they require their providers to decarbonize on their behalf, according to ClearTrace.

“The world’s top businesses need data to be stored in carbon free data centers to achieve their ESG goals,” said Lincoln Payton, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at ClearTrace. “We are honored to work with Iron Mountain to lead the path forward for 100% carbon free data centers.”