Protocol Carbon Neutral Proposal Akash

*This proposal provides details for acquiring carbon credits via Nature Carbon Ton tokens from Osmosis and City Forest Credits from Regen Marketplace.

Background

The environmental cost of blockchain technology is often cited as a problem that needs to be tackled before widespread adoption. Proof of Work consensus algorithms, such as those in use by Bitcoin and Ethereum, create an arms race of computing power in order for a miner to be the first to create a new block and so obtain the reward.

Cosmos’ Proof of Stake validation system drastically improves on this by making this competition take place over attracting more delegation of stake from users. Validators are not required to perform deliberately complicated calculations and so can run on relatively low power machines. However, these machines are still required to be online 24/7 and perform calculations to confirm each block as it is generated. This results in a carbon footprint for each blockchain in the Cosmos ecosystem.

Based on feedback from carbon footprint data reported by validators of Regen Network, Akash is projected to emit at most 5,250 tons a year in carbon, negatively affecting our climate.

CosmosZERO Program: https://regennetwork.notion.site/Cosmos-ZERO-Achieve-Protocol-Validator-Net-Zero-Carbon-Emissions-ddd441e3ff3d4dbda83265433843ec10

CosmosZERO Carbon Footprint Analysis: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1H-w4dBc1Svcmw_fzEKUFRgK_pga1qsGMHCTsUKUmWEA/edit

Proposal Details

Proposal: Make Akash Carbon Neutral by Purchasing and Retiring (95% of Nature Carbon Ton and a 5% of City Forest Credits)

  • Voting YES to this proposal indicates approval to address Akash carbon emissions footprint by purchasing 4,987.5 (USD $14,962.50 at USD $3 a credit) of Nature Carbon Ton and 262.5 (USD $10,500 at USD $40 a credit) of City Forest Credits at worst case projections representing the 2022 carbon footprint of Akash.
  • Voting NO to this proposal indicates that this funding should not be allocated.

Based on feedback from carbon footprint data reported by validators of Regen Network, and applying worst case scenario, Akash ****is projected to emit at most 5,250 tons a year in carbon, negatively affecting our climate.

This proposal asks for a spend of 130,710.98 $AKT (USD $25,462.50 at current price of USD$ 0.19) from the Community Pool to purchase and retire carbon credits to offset Akash 2022 carbon emissions, becoming a carbon neutral blockchain.

This proposal asks for an annual protocol commitment to purchase carbon credits and maintain carbon neutrality over time.

Method

  • Akash ****will purchase 4,987.5 Nature Carbon Ton on the Osmosis exchange from the NCT:Regen Pool. Akash will purchase 262.5 City Forest Credits on Regen Marketplace.
  • Akash will retire these carbon credits on Regen Ledger to offset Akash 2022 carbon emissions.