Icebreaker Principles

We are creating a market architecture for data, based on the Icebreaker Principles, working across sectors that have the greatest impact on our climate and environment.

v2022-07-07 — open to comment by anyone or sign to endorse and support them now.

Icebreaker Principles

  1. We cannot get to net zero without trusted data.
    Data that connects finance, industry, and our environment to inform net-zero decisions – also known as net-zero data – is essential to setting policy and putting new technology to work. Progress against science-based targets can only be monitored with accurate, trustworthy data.
  2. We need universal access to net-zero data to close the data gaps that will stop us getting to net zero.
    The data we need exists – but too often, it’s not findable or accessible. It should be made accessible to the whole market across different sectors: finance, agriculture, water, transport, energy and the built world. Sharing this data will unlock social, environmental and commercial value.
  3. We need to be able to trust the data we use, and the rules we use to share it.
    Access to net-zero data should be managed in the public interest and designed to work for the private sector. It should be possible to assure and audit data where relevant. That requires strong policies and standards for the way data is validated and shared. Data owners need to be able to control who can access data they own, for commercial and security reasons.
  4. Net-zero data needs sharing infrastructure.
    Net-zero data needs to be shared at scale, interoperably, and responsibly. It must be machine-readable, have open metadata, and comply with the law.
  5. That infrastructure must be independently designed and governed openly.
    Sharing will only happen on the scale we need if it uses trusted and resilient infrastructure built in the public interest. Data infrastructure includes remits around data governance, policy, licensing, technical and operational principles. This infrastructure needs to be developed, and iterated upon, at a pace that is relevant to the urgency of the issues being tackled.
  6. We all need to participate in a marketplace of net-zero data.
    Governments and regulators should incentivise participation and drive adoption in order to close data gaps as rapidly as possible. To do this, we need common policies and open standards that allow actors to control who accesses their data while allowing data to flow when it can. 

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