Crypto Climate Accord: Is your investment green?

by Nisha Ramesh  |  July 5, 2021

Ever since Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and the promoter of Dogecoin, criticized bitcoin’s energy-intensive mining process, cryptocurrency aficionados are caught in a dilemma. 

Is Bitcoin really a climate change contributor? 

Bitcoin mining is the process of generating additional bitcoins while verifying transactions on the network. High-speed computers are deployed to solve complex mathematical puzzles. 

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On average, it takes around 10 minutes and 72,000 GW of power to mine a bitcoin. By some estimates, the annual electricity consumed in bitcoin mining is more than Malaysia, Sweden, or Argentina. 

However, a study conducted by the University of Cambridge indicates that 76% of crypto miners use renewables as part of their energy mix. Besides, cryptocurrencies’ carbon emissions are negligible in comparison to the value they provide. 

Energy consumption of bitcoin vs other assets

Crypto Climate Accord: The purpose 

To mitigate the carbon footprint caused by cryptocurrency mining, a consortium of 45 private fintech companies and individuals have come together and formed the Crypto Climate Accord (CCA). 

The UN-backed CCA, inspired by the Paris Climate Agreement, is on a mission to decarbonize the cryptocurrency industry by 2030. 

On 30th June, Terra Pool, a Vancouver based bitcoin mining company, became the latest entrant to the CCA. Also, Terra Pool is the world’s first mining pool to be powered exclusively by clean energy. 

Why is the Crypto Climate Accord important? 

The World Bank and countries like China are using climate concern as a coverup to clamp down on bitcoin. By achieving the CCA targets, cryptocurrency will become one of the earliest adopters of carbon-neutral policies. 

Moreover, however big or small, fossil-fuel consumption has pushed the planet earth to the brink of extinction. Any future technology, including the revolutionary blockchain, aimed at bettering society must be vetted for environmental sustainability. 

Green Alternatives to Bitcoin 

For eco-friendly investors unwilling to wait till bitcoin turns 100% carbon neutral, multiple greener options await. 

Ethereum (ETH), Polkadot (DOT) and Cardano (ADA) are three prominent altcoins that are quickly catching up. The Proof of Stake (PoS) validation deployed by them circumvents the energy-intensive mining process. 

The future is certainly green for crypto-investors. 

P.S: KuberVerse is an educational initiative. Anything expressed here directly or indirectly is not investment advice. And we ask you to do your own research before investing. 


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