Researchers in the United Arab Emirates have taken a significant step towards environmental sustainability by developing a blockchain platform for trading carbon credits. The platform, presented at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) on December 5, seeks to promote the global exchange of carbon credits and encourage investments in ecological initiatives.
The project comes to life at the Technological Innovation Institute (TII) Cryptographic Research Center, located in Abu Dhabi. The initiative aligns with the “UAE Vision 2021”, aiming not only to strengthen the UAE economy, but also to promote a sustainable environment for the well-being of its population.
Our Cryptography Research Center (CRC) today launched its very own blockchain-powered carbon trading platform to facilitate international trade in carbon tokens. pic.twitter.com/0ablTqxfbY
— Technology Innovation Institute (@TIIuae) December 5, 2023
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Digital tokens to track and validate carbon reduction globally
The blockchain developed by TII enables accurate tracking of carbon emissions from entities around the world. This technology makes it possible to create digital tokens that represent the amount of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere. Therefore, they continue throughout the value chain, ensuring the validation of carbon reduction efforts.
The platform highlights the potential of blockchain in various applications, such as peer-to-peer energy trading and the efficient management of reforestation projects, ensuring the transparency and security of environmental data.
TII CEO Ray O. Johnson proudly shared the news of this initiative during COP28, highlighting the UAE’s pioneering role in leading technological and environmental innovation.
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Blockchain proves vital in environmental management and sustainability
This initiative comes at a time when the global blockchain community seeks to reduce its environmental impact. Notable examples include the Solana Foundation, which launched a real-time carbon emissions tracker. And also Ethereum’s transition to a proof-of-stake model, resulting in a drastic reduction in energy consumption.
Therefore, the UAE’s blockchain-based carbon trading platform reflects the country’s commitment to a sustainable future. Also with growing awareness about the role of technology in solving environmental challenges. Therefore, the initiative is a shining example of how technology can be used to promote sustainability on a global scale.
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