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Blockchain Support: How Blockchain Applications are Driving Green Solutions in the UAE?

Last Updated on February 22, 2024 by Hamza Khan

Blockchain technology, often associated with cryptocurrencies and digital transactions, is an immutable, shared ledger that records and tracks assets across a business network. It has been widely discussed for its substantial energy consumption, particularly in verifying crypto transactions and recording NFT ownership. However, this awareness is catalyzing a shift towards renewable energy sources to sustain the extensive server farms required for crypto mining and commerce.

This innovative technology holds potential far beyond digital currencies. It can be leveraged to address environmental challenges, offering blockchain solutions that could significantly contribute to the UAE’s green investments. If globally adopted, experts suggest blockchain applications could even play a pivotal role in halting or reversing climate change.

Blockchain: A Fraud Deterrent

The immutable nature of blockchain databases provides a unique opportunity to monitor and authenticate transactions and engagements without the need for a central governing body. This feature can greatly enhance the transparency and effectiveness of environmental initiatives. It allows for real-time tracking of environmental agreements, including adherence checks, leading to a reduction in fraudulent activities.

But how can we gauge the true influence of these environmental agreements?

Around the world, businesses and governments often sideline these agreements, particularly when there’s no motivation for consistent progress updates or commitment to their promises. Deception and data tampering pose significant challenges in this field.

Blockchain: A Transparent Tracker for Environmental Data

Blockchain technology offers a transparent method for monitoring vital environmental data, effectively exposing whether commitments and vows have been fulfilled. Once information is logged onto the public blockchain, it remains there indefinitely. This technology can be used to compute and oversee carbon taxes, and potentially establish a corporate reputation system tied to emissions monitoring. Utilizing blockchain to trace a product’s carbon footprint not only prevents data manipulation but also aids in determining the suitable carbon tax to levy at the point of sale. Consumers may be inclined to opt for products with smaller carbon footprints if they are more affordable, making carbon-heavy products less attractive due to their higher cost. Furthermore, blockchain facilitates supply chain tracking, aiding in the reduction of unsustainable practices and the overall carbon footprint from production to a final product.

Empowering Consumers with Blockchain-Tracked Products

Blockchain technology can trace products from their point of creation to their final destination, thereby mitigating fraud, unethical conduct, and waste by enhancing the transparency of supply chains. When consumers are equipped with detailed information about the production and distribution of each product, they can make more eco-conscious decisions with ease. Blockchain could even revolutionize recycling by introducing a tokenized reward tracking system. Existing recycling schemes often lack appealing incentives for participation. However, a recycling program powered by blockchain could stimulate engagement by providing financial incentives – in the form of cryptographic tokens – for depositing recyclable materials like plastic bottles or cans.

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