Putting carbon credits on blockchain won’t solve the problem alone: Davos

Cointelegraph’s editor-in-chief Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr moderated a panel discussion in Davos, Switzerland, about pricing carbon credits.

Simply trading carbon credits on the blockchain won’t solve much for the environment. Carbon blockchain executives argue that companies must understand why they’re using them and how to make a real impact.

During a panel session in Davos, Switzerland, moderated by Cointelegraph’s editor-in-chief, Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr on Jan. 16, several executives from carbon blockchain platforms spoke about the increasing interest from companies in carbon trading.

Karen Zapata, the chief operating officer of carbon blockchain platform ClimateTrade, said that sustainability had been a “trending topic” with many companies keen to get involved, but noted that many still don’t understand it.

She recalled talking to a sustainability manager of a “big, big company” who told her he doesn’t know what a carbon credit is or “how it works”, but is being pressured by his marketing team to “move this forward.”

Zapata emphasized that companies won’t be able to communicate what they are doing with carbon credits to their community if they don’t “even understand” what it is.

She added that one should be less concerned about the pricing behind carbon credits and more about the impact. She explained that the price comes second once the positive impact is understood.

Carbon marketplace Tolam Earth CEO Matthew Porter added to the conversation by saying that carbon trading alone “doesn’t solve a lot,” without knowing why they are doing it and creating “incentives and drivers.”

He also added that putting it on the chain only solves a “little bit” of inefficiency.

Related: Blockchain’s environmental impact and how it can be used for carbon removal

There has been no shortage of carbon credit developments in the blockchain space in recent times.

Blockchain-based storage network Filecoin launched Filecoin Green, a protocol labs initiative designed to reduce the environmental impact of its native cryptocurrency, Filecoin, in October 2022.

The first project it launched was CO2.Storage — a Web3 data storage solution that aims to provide transparency for carbon offsets and address traditional storage solutions for all digital environmental assets, including renewable energy credits.

WeWork CEO Adam Neumann dived into the carbon crypto space in May 2022, raising $70 million in the first major funding round for his climate tech venture Flowcarbon.

The project was created to make carbon trading more accessible by putting carbon credits on the blockchain.

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