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December 9, 2021

Blockchain Technology To Trace CO2 Emissions And Neutralize Carbon Footprint

We find ourselves at a point where carbon dioxide emissions are the main cause of global warming and climate change. The data provided by the United Nations is alarming, to the extent that even if all countries were to meet the targets established in the Paris Agreement, we would still be a third away from meeting the reduction needed to keep the planet at a sustainable margin.

In order to tackle this situation, it is essential to calculate and record each company’s carbon footprint, on top of taking the necessary steps to offset it. Blockchain technology is very useful in this situation, and we are going to tell you why.

Carbon Transactions with Blockchain

One of the great contributions of Blockchain technology is the measurement of the carbon footprint through smart sensors compatible with IoT. The union of the two makes it possible to measure energy consumption and generate data that can be analyzed, cleaned, and aggregated in the blockchain.

One of the biggest contributions of Blockchain technology is the ability to measure the carbon footprint through smart sensors compatible with IoT. The combination of the two makes it possible to calculate energy consumption and generate data that can be analyzed, debugged, and aggregated in the Blockchain.

This chain transforms carbon emissions into tokens or “carbon credits”, which companies and public organizations will be able to exchange to offset their footprint. The information collected thanks to Blockchain technology will be traceable and transparent, representing a unique opportunity to neutralize carbon emissions.

Benefits of Applying Blockchain to CO2 Emissions

Thanks to the use of this technology when creating the corporate social strategy of a company or institution can help boost and strengthen the commitment to:

  • Transparency: Every emission offset transaction is visible to anyone who wants to access the information.
  • Cost reduction: Intermediaries are avoided.
    Improved trading of carbon emissions: It facilitates the control and compliance with carbon quotas.
  • Speed: Steps are reduced in the execution of transactions.
  • Improved climate finance flows: It facilitates the development of platforms for renewable energy exchanges.
  • Improved tracking of reports: This is a key point that would help in drafting policies that encourage greenhouse gas emission reductions.

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How Can Blockchain Help Fight Climate Change?

As mentioned above, blockchain is a powerful tool for organizations to improve the transparency, accountability, and traceability of their gas emissions. With it, they can provide more accurate, reliable, standardized, and more accessible data.

The way of using it to fight climate change is through Smart Contracts that calculate, track and report carbon footprint reduction. One of the key points of this technology is that it provides instant, real-time authentication, and verification with seamless records.

The most important thing to keep in mind about introducing this technology into business models is that individual, isolated efforts can now become a network where everyone’s contributions to this climate fight can be identified. It’s a win-win for everyone.

In addition, this decentralized approach to blockchain brings breadth and depth, allowing everyone who wants to join in this cause to participate, from companies to governments to citizens. It is therefore a very powerful tool in collective action to curb climate change.

At Plain Concepts, we develop Blockchain management systems coupled with other technologies such as Big Data or Machine Learning so that our clients can monitor, analyze and be transparent with all their daily actions, in order to neutralize their carbon emissions. If you want to know more about how to change your business to a more sustainable model, do not hesitate to contact our experts.






Elena Canorea
Elena Canorea
Communications Lead