Green and sustainable crypto – Is this the way forward?

Green and sustainable crypto – Is this the way forward?

Energy consumption has been a major source of criticism in the cryptocurrency business. Ethereum has finally deployed a huge network upgrade that dramatically transforms how the blockchain validates transactions, mints new currency, and secures its network.

This mechanism, known as proof-of-stake, has cut Ethereum energy use by more than 99 per cent. This sounds good. However, Bitcoin is unlikely to follow suit.

Is Bitcoin now green? No, but at least Bitcoin’s emissions of greenhouse gases are down than before. According to the Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index, Bitcoin’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased from 59 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in October 2021 to 48.88 metric tons.

According to research released by Cambridge University’s Centre of Alternative Finance, Bitcoin is failing to go green, with the cryptocurrency recording only modest increases in its use of renewable energy in the year leading up to January.

Powerful computers connected to a worldwide network process Bitcoin transactions and “mine” new tokens in a competition to solve challenging mathematical puzzles. Policymakers, investors, and environmentalists concerned about the process’s impact on global warming criticise it for guzzling electricity and heavily relying on dirty fossil fuels like coal.

Green cryptocurrencies are those whose mining activities are powered by renewable energy sources.

Things are changing, and there are alternatives to make it “greener”

Solar

Currently, solar is said to as “the cheapest energy source.” Solar energy, which has the greatest pace of growth among all energy sources, presently provides three per cent of the world’s electricity while emitting no noise pollution and scaling up easily. Solar energy has global potential, in contrast to comparatively rare geothermal.

According to Bloomberg, a solar power company in South Africa pays investors with cryptocurrency. Sun Exchange allows investors to spend as little as US$4 on solar cells. Although the cost is lower than what would have been charged for electricity from the grid, the customers who receive the renewable energy nevertheless pay the price for a 20-year contract.

Sun Exchange gets a portion of the revenue to pay for installation and upkeep while also turning a profit. Investors are paid the balance. They can receive South African Rands or Bitcoin, with the latter enabling simple cross-border payments to the more than 35,000 participants thus far across 180 countries.

Biomass

Five per cent of US primary consumption, 10 per cent of global energy, and 1.4 per cent of Canada’s electrical production come from biomass. Most of this energy is used for industrial heating and other activities, which have considerable environmental benefits that include enhancing hygiene by reusing waste and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

Utilising biodegradable materials as fuel for energy production is not out of place in the race for a sustainable Bitcoin mining business. When compared to solar, it might not offer a more significant arbitrage, but buying these energy choices from a position of strength remains the ideal.

Bitcoin Magazine reported that a Dallas, Texas-based hemp processor, Generation Hemp, sees more peer-to-peer in the future for cannabis than just passing around a pre-roll. They have unveiled plans to mine for cryptocurrency using cannabis as fuel.

Hydro

Compared to other renewable energy sources, hydropower has the best energy extraction (conversion) efficiency (up to 90 per cent), is the most dependable, and has the smallest carbon footprint.

Borgo d’Anaunia is a small municipality in the Trentino-Alto Adige area of northern Italy. The 37-year-old Daniele Graziadei became Italy’s first municipality to run a crypto data centre. Another illustration of the use of hydropower is this.

The need to be more green expands to other tokens too

VeChain is working on green initiatives to increase stakeholder involvement, such as the one agreed with the government of San Marino, or to deliver the future of safe and traceable food. According to the project’s current estimating models, VeChain generates 4.58 metric tons of carbon emissions, which is equivalent to the emissions generated by mining a single BTC.

FRZ Solar System (FRZSS) was created to combat the energy issue using blockchain technologies and web innovations. Given that solar energy is limitless, renewable, endless, pollution-free, and inexpensive, the FRZSS intends to popularise solar power plants as the primary power source. The team has also been working with other companies to reduce the cost of electricity generation.

Tezos is a green energy crypto blockchain similar to Ethereum in that it supports smart contracts and can be used to mint NFTs. The low carbon footprint of Tezos means developers and users can prioritise innovation without compromising sustainability. They have increased energy efficiency per-transaction basis by at least 70 per cent.

IMPT is a blockchain-based technology that allows individuals and businesses to swiftly and safely reduce their carbon footprint. Customers can earn carbon credits while buying online. They could even buy them directly from the platform. Furthermore, IMPT should tokenise carbon credits so users can purchase them as NFTs. The NFTs are then recorded into a decentralised ledger that users view to give traceability and transparency.

Back to Bitcoin

The large carbon footprint associated with Bitcoin mining appears to be at odds with any environmental objectives. The demand that limited electricity is used for the real economy and not for Bitcoin mining is justified in light of escalating energy prices and shortages.

Creating new strategies for the most efficient utilisation of resources is necessary. Bitcoin mining has the potential to hasten the global energy transition by serving as a backup energy buyer for the excess power balance.

Additionally, energy power plants constructed with the intention of mining Bitcoin can generate a higher profit than those built to sell the electricity at market rates, mainly when constructed in remote areas with easy access to renewable energy sources but no infrastructure for integrating them into the grid. Plant owners might use these revenues to fund additional clean energy initiatives that support ESG objectives and the world’s increasing demand for electricity.

But for these projects to be successful, Bitcoin generation and the associated value chains would need to be held to a very high standard of accountability and measurability.

 

Source: https://e27.co/green-and-sustainable-crypto-is-this-the-way-forward-20221114/

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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Who owns the most Jasmy crypto? High concentration among top 10 holders as price of Japan’s bitcoin plumbs new depths

Who owns the most Jasmy crypto? High concentration among top 10 holders as price of Japan’s bitcoin plumbs new depths

JasmyCoin (JASMY) has been on a bear run for over a year now, falling by more than 99% since peaking for the last time in May 2021. As of 11 November, the coin was valued at $0.0041.

Despite a downfall in JASMY price action, the token has been seeing a surge in active addresses. Let’s have a closer look at who owns the most JASMY crypto.

What is JASMY?

Jasmy is a Japanese internet of things (IoT) company that aims to make data sharing safer, and more decentralised and democratised. It specialises in the safe buying and selling of personal data. It was founded in April 2016 by Kunitake Ando and Kazumasa Sato, two former Sony executives, and Hiroshi Harada, a former employee at KPMG.

Harada, who serves as the platform’s CFO, told Binance in an interview in September 2022:

“Jasmy’s mission is to create a mechanism/platform which allows all users to take ownership of their own data in a secure and private manner. Instead of letting a handful of big tech corporations take control of such sensitive data, Jasmy aims to help enable a world where everyone can feel safe and secure about the use of their own data.”

The platform allows users to:

  • Store and control their data in a safe and secure environment
  • Safely and securely manage and control their devices
  • Provide safe and secure use of their data under clear rules

Jasmy’s Personal Data Locker (PDL) provides users with full ownership over their personal data while its Secure Knowledge Communicator (SKC) is responsible for the achievement of data democracy.

The platform promises to provide its customers with an IoT platform that will help them manage their IoT data securely and efficiently; IoT devices and services that will help customers with the development and maintenance of their IoT platforms and thorough data analysis which will be used for the further improvement of the platform.

Jasmy’s native token, JasmyCoin (JASMY), is used by companies that wish to purchase the users’ data stored on the platform. The token can also be used by users as investment, for governance and metaverse utility. JASMY was built on the Ethereum (ETH) ecosystem and is an ERC-20 token.

JASMY was launched at the end of October 2021 and has been dubbed  as “Japan’s bitcoin”.

JASMY supply explained

According to data provided by CoinMarketCap, JASMY has a maximum and total supply of 50 billion coins. This makes the coin a deflationary asset, similar to bitcoin (BTC), due to the limit on how many coins can be mined.

As of 11 November 2022, the token had a circulating supply surpassing 4.7 billion and a market capitalisation of $19.4m.

JASMY was Japan’s first ever legally approved cryptocurrency as the country had imposed a strict regulation for this market. It was listed on the Japanese crypto exchange BITpoint on 27 October 2021.

The cryptocurrency was met with a lot of enthusiasm upon its launch, skyrocketing by more than 230% in four days from $1.3024 on 12 February 2021 to $4.2929 – an all-time high following its listing on the crypto exchange Gate.io.

After the fast surge, the token lost over 58% of its value falling to $1.7851 by 22 February 2021, but managed to regain 67% of its value soon after, reaching $2.9628 on 2 March 2021.

JASMY grew past the $2 barrier once again on 9 March 2021 as the platform announced it had joined GitHub, thus providing a space where its users could discuss upcoming projects, news and bugs.

JASMY to USD chart, February 2021 – November 2022

JASMY to USD chart, February 2021 – November 2022

Source: CoinMarketCap

By 5 May 2021, however, the coin lost around 50% of its value, falling to $1.0965 before seeing a mini-surge on the following day and rising to $2.1586. The bullish price action did not last long. The coin entered a bear run, falling by 95% in the following weeks and reaching $0.05456 on 20 June 2021.

Since then, the coin was unable to reach previous highs, falling by an additional 92.4% to $0.004122 as of 11 November 2022.

Who owns the most JASMY crypto?

In the past two months, JASMY lost over 57% of its value, falling from $0.009717 on 10 September 2022 to $0.004122 on 11 November 2022. Despite the continued bear trend, token concertation among the top 10 JASMY holders remained high.

Data published on Sanbase showed that the number of active JASMY token addresses spiked to 673 on 30 October from 224 the day before. The number of active JASMY holders spiked once again on 9 November to 719 from a low of 273 on 7 November 2022.

So, who has the most JASMY tokens? Data provided by etherscan.io showed that there are 36,169 JASMY holders in total. The 10 biggest JASMY holders, as of 11 November, collectively owned 51.33% of the total token supply in circulation, meanwhile the top 100 owned 85.44%.

The website noted that the top account holding the most JASMY tokens was the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange Binance (BNB). Binance owned 23.43% of the total supply, which amounted to 11.7 billion JASMY coins worth around $48,500, as of 11 November. It’s likely that the exchange is holding the tokens on behalf of its users.

The second on etherscan’s top holders of JASMY list was crypto exchange Mexc.com. It owned 5.86% of the total supply, amounting to 2.9 billion tokens. Mexc.com could own JASMY tokens on behalf of its users.

The third biggest JASMY account was Jasmy Deployer which held 4.8% of the tokens’ total supply amounting  to 2.4 billion coins. The fourth and fifth biggest JASMY holders were two anonymous wallets holding 4.12% (1.34 billion coins) and 2.7% (1.29 billion coins) of the tokens’ total supply respectively.

Analyst views on Jasmy’s tokenomics

Knowing who owns the most JASMY tokens can be of use to many retail investors and traders, Anndy Lian, chief digital advisor at the Mongolian Productivity Organisation and author of ‘NFT: From Zero to Hero’, told Capital.com:

“The concentration of tokens on exchanges on leading exchanges such as Binance is a confidence booster for many retail investors.

“JASMY has gained interest from some of the biggest names in Japan’s technology industry. Pansonic and VAIO have also partnered with JASMY. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest call centre in Japan, Transcosmos, used JASMY to secure its data. The big names using JASMY’s technology are a really attractive selling point for retail investors.”

Lian added that for JASMY to truly grow, the firm would need to showcase its technology and focus on revenue.

“After all, they are the first legally compliant Japanese crypto coin listed on the Japanese cryptocurrency exchange. Japanese law strictly governs cryptocurrency transactions subject to Financial Services Agency inspections. Being accountable by Japanese law, they need to walk away from fluff and hype and concentrate on real business first.”

Please note that analysts’ predictions and opinions can be wrong. The information about the biggest cryptocurrency whales and ownership concentration shouldn’t be used as a substitute for your own research. Always conduct your own due diligence before trading. And never invest or trade money you cannot afford to lose.

 

Source: https://capital.com/jasmy-token-who-owns-most-jasmycoin-crypto

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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Positive Crypto Signs from U.K. and Hong Kong: Who is the New Crypto Hub?

Positive Crypto Signs from U.K. and Hong Kong: Who is the New Crypto Hub?

U.K. has a new pro-crypto PM and a new name for stablecoins

At the point of the news on the vote to recognize Crypto as regulated financial instruments, Bitcoin just spiked to $21,170. This aligns with the new crypto developments in the U.K. market. As part of the Financial Services and Markets Bill, the U.K. House of Commons, the lower house of Parliament, agreed on Tuesday to regulate cryptocurrency assets as financial instruments. The House of Lords, the upper house, will vote on the bill before it becomes law. This occurs as Rishi Sunak, who on Monday was appointed as the nation’s next prime minister, has a history of endorsing cryptocurrencies.

The local cryptocurrency sector, which recently celebrated Rishi Sunak’s election as the nation’s new prime minister, will likely applaud moves to grant legal legitimacy to digital assets. When Sunak served as the Boris Johnson administration’s finance minister, he presented the markets bill, which indirectly led to the stablecoin regulations.

The bill expands upon current stablecoin regulating provisions and uses the term “Digital Settlement Assets” (DSA) in place of “crypto assets,” moving away from the use of the phrase “crypto assets.” Stablecoins with a focus on payments that are cryptocurrencies tethered to the value of other assets like the U.S. dollar or gold were already covered by elements in the draft bill that would have extended existing restrictions to them.

According to Griffith, the financial services and city minister, the crypto provision “clarifies that crypto assets could be brought within the scope of the existing provisions” of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 relating to regulated financial activities. The crypto provision depends on the definition of “crypto asset” inserted by a new clause 14. The regulations might control cryptocurrency advertising and ban businesses that aren’t allowed to operate nationwide.

“The Treasury will consult on its approach with industry and stakeholders ahead of using the powers to ensure the framework reflects the unique benefits and risks posed by crypto activities,” Griffith said. He added: “The Treasury will consult on its approach with industry and stakeholders ahead of using the powers to ensure the framework reflects the unique benefits and risks posed by crypto activities,”

The Crypto and Digital Assets All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) provides a forum for parliamentarians, regulators and the U.K government to discuss challenges and opportunities relating to the crypto sector. This group, chaired by Scottish National Party member of Parliament (MP) Lisa Cameron, has issued a written statement to the media seeking regulatory clarity and business certainty. “U.K. crypto and digital asset firms desperately need clarity over the U.K.’s approach to crypto policy and for the government to deliver on its vision for the U.K. crypto sector,” Cameron said in the statement.

The legalization of cryptocurrencies and digital assets as financial instruments is still pending. Important requirements that must be met for the Bill include: Before the Bill receives final royal sanction from the next king, King Charles III, the House of Lords will need to accept or change it.

The U.K. government can assure financial stability and strong regulatory standards by recognizing the promise of this technology and regulating it at this time, allowing these new technologies to be employed in the future reliably and safely.

Hong Kong wants to be positioned as crypto hub, while Singapore pivots

A few years back, Hong Kong was on the right track to becoming a crypto hub. Then Hong Kong’s regulator, the Securities Futures Commission (SFC) knocked on doors. Exchanges were questioned about listing tokens that seemed like securities and also issued warnings about high leverages.

Fast forward to 2022, October 31, the Hong Kong government is exploring legalizing retail crypto trades. Financial Secretary Paul Chan announced in a keynote speech at the Hong Kong Fintech Week conference that authorities would begin a consultation process on providing retail investors with “a suitable degree of access” to virtual assets. “We want to make our policy stance clear to the global market, to demonstrate our determination to explore fintech with the global virtual asset community,” he added.

In contrast, Singapore is significantly restricting access to cryptocurrencies for individual investors after last year’s market collapse brought down several digital asset companies with ties to the Southeast Asian country and caused much greater losses throughout the industry. If you remember, many of the huger crypto companies moved from Singapore to Dubai, and now the same thing is happening again. Hong Kong appears to be the next hotspot for digital-asset enterprises, entrepreneurs, and investment.

Even the head of the central bank, Ravi Menon, admitted in a Bloomberg Television interview that some crypto enterprises with a retail concentration would leave the city-state, stating plainly, “We wish them good luck.”

Cryptocurrencies “play a supporting role in the broader digital asset ecosystem, and it would not be feasible to ban them,” the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) stated in a media statement. Singapore’s stand is very firm and has made it clear that they are not banning cryptocurrencies and is working towards reducing risks.

Positive signs

I see all these are positive signs. Singapore is planning ahead. Hong Kong is leaving some room going forward. U.K.’s plan is ambitious. Hong Kong seems like walking on a different path than China which has banned cryptocurrencies completely. People on the ground are now speculating that Hong Kong could be the outflow channel for the Chinese to start trading cryptocurrencies again.

The recognition of cryptocurrencies under proper regulations would go very far. I am optimistic about the outcomes. #anndylian

 

Source: https://www.benzinga.com/22/11/29572049/positive-crypto-signs-from-u-k-and-hong-kong-who-is-the-new-crypto-hub

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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