Energy consumption in bitcoin mining is a highly controversial topic. However, according to new information, 56% of the electricity used by international bitcoin mining in the three months ending in June came from renewable sources.
The Bitcoin Mining Council, a voluntary international discussion committee of mining companies and various bitcoin companies, surveyed 32 percent of the current international bitcoin community to assess international consumption patterns.
The study found that bitcoin mining consumes only 0.1 percent of global electricity production. Furthermore, 65% of all electricity used for power generation and distribution in the United States is misused or wasted, and only 2.8% of that consumption is due to bitcoin mining.
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The study adds that the percentage of sustainable energy used in international bitcoin mining may also be higher than in some international regions such as the U.S., Germany, China, and India.
These findings come at a time when bitcoin mining is facing strong opposition due to its high energy consumption characteristics. According to an analysis titled “Bitcoin’s Carbon Footprint,” published in the scientific journal Joule in 2019, CO2 emissions from mining are comparable to international regions like Sri Lanka and Jordan.
“Bitcoin mining uses negligible amounts of electricity, is rapidly becoming more environmentally friendly, and has a higher percentage of sustainable energy use than any other major country or company,” the committee found.
Bitcoin Mining Council
The Bitcoin Mining Council was created to increase the transparency of energy use and accelerate sustainable mining on a global scale. Founding members include government representatives from several crypto-currency companies, including MicroStrategy, Argo Blockchain, and Hive.
However, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, is not on the committee.” The extent of his involvement is that he is a member of a group of North American companies and an academic name discussing bitcoin mining,” the website said.
Tesla boss Elon Musk has previously raised questions about the negative impact of bitcoin mining on the environment. Crypto-currency has seen a significant global decline after China stepped up its anti-mining measures. Crypto-currency mining companies and watch dogs appear to be trying to rectify the situation due to these findings.
Report Of Bitcoin Mining Council
According to a report by the Bitcoin Mining Council (BMC), the sustainable energy portfolio in global bitcoin mining operations doubled in the first quarter of 2010 to about 56 percent (up from 36.8 percent in the fall of 2009).
BMC claims that the crypto-currency mining sector is one of the most sustainable industries in the world, and BMC focused its investigation on key metrics such as electricity consumption and the sustainable mix of energy sources for bitcoin mining.
The commission found that the survey produced sustainable power data for more than 32 percent of the current global bitcoin community and its members. The results confirm that its contributors use 67 percent of the electricity in the sustainable energy mix. This data was extrapolated to international estimates.
CEO of MicroStrategy
Michal Saylor, CEO of MicroStrategy, which is part of BMC, said BMC gathered information from miners around the world during the study. He stressed that the Bitcoin community is “decentralized,” but not “disorganized.”
Darin Feinstein, the founder of Blockcap and Core Scientific, said he began his investigation at a time when the mining industry was becoming increasingly decentralized and many miners were leaving China.
Hundreds of thousands of bitcoin mining facilities consume as much electricity as the Netherlands, the economist said. Advanced computing requires hydropower derived from fossil fuels and hydrocarbons, with associated emissions.
According to an analysis by Dabo Guan (Tsinghua University, Beijing) and colleagues (April 2021), the electricity consumed by China’s bitcoin blockchain is expected to generate greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the annual output of the Czech Republic or Qatar.
Various experts have estimated that bitcoin currently consumes about 110-megawatt hours of electricity per year. This is equivalent to 0.55% of the world’s electricity production, but it is equivalent to the amount of electricity consumed per year by small international nations like Malaysia and Sweden.
There are many sources of green energy, including hydroelectricity, clean gasoline, biogas, and offshore energy sources.
After China imposed restrictions on bitcoin miners, many moved to safer locations in the United States, such as Texas.
Founded in August 2021, BMC is a voluntary, open discussion forum for bitcoin miners and various crypto-currency companies. Its goal is to promote transparency, data sharing, and public awareness of bitcoin and the benefits of mining.
Crypto Local weather Accord aims to power its crypto-currency operations 100% with renewable energy. Its software allows miners to anonymously report their energy consumption.