EU securities regulator calls for proof-of-work crypto mining ban


Erik Thedéen, the vice-chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority has raised considerations over the rising use of renewable power for Bitcoin mining.

In a latest interview with the Monetary Occasions, Thedéen mentioned that Bitcoin (BTC) mining has turn out to be a “nationwide subject” and warned cryptocurrencies may pose a danger to local weather change objectives. 

He referred to as upon European regulators to take particular exception to proof-of-work mining which is primarily utilized by Bitcoin and some different forked altcoins. He additionally advocated for proof-of-stake as a greater, energy-efficient different:

“We have to have a dialogue about shifting the business to a extra environment friendly know-how.”

Melanion Capital, a Paris-based different funding agency, has addressed the rising name for a ban on PoW mining again in November 2021, referred to as it “fully misinformed”

The funding agency mentioned that because of the decentralized nature of Bitcoin, there isn’t a foyer or group to defend its pursuits, which “shouldn’t be taken as a possibility to implement measures rendering unlawful an business for its lack of defensive powers.”

Associated: Swedish name to ban crypto mining ‘fully misinformed,’ says fund supervisor

The Bitcoin community’s power utilization was one of the vital controversial matters in 2021 that noticed the likes of Elon Musk, Jack Dorsey and Michael Saylor have interaction in a number of debates. Tesla even discontinued the Bitcoin fee choice citing the Bitcoin community’s power utilization. Nonetheless, not like Thedéen, a lot of the critics till now had no subject with clear power utilization. Musk has claimed that if 50% of the Bitcoin community’s power comes from renewable sources, Tesla would rethink including a Bitcoin fee choice.

China’s Bitcoin mining ban in Might final yr turned out to be a boon for the ecosystem, because it not solely disintegrated the extremely centralized Bitcoin mining business, it additionally helped in shifting in direction of renewable power utilization. In keeping with the Q3 report from Bitcoin Mining Council, renewable power utilization by the Bitcoin community reached 58% by the third quarter of 2021.

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International Sustainable Vitality Index Supply: BMC Report