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Avalanche emerges as an eco-friendly network, new report finds

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Avalanche’s annual energy consumption and carbon emissions were orders of magnitude lower than Ethereum and Bitcoin.

Avalanche emerges as an eco-friendly network, new report finds

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  • Avalanche used up 469,802.39-kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity on an annual basis.
  • Avalanche was one of the least eco-polluting PoS networks.

Avalanche [AVAX] turned out to be one of the most eco-friendly and sustainable blockchain networks, as per a recent report published by Crypto Carbon Ratings Institute (CCRI).

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Avalanche goes high on green ratings

The research firm, which tracks environmental impact of cryptocurrencies, discovered that Avalanche sucked 469,802.39-kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity annually as of 1 June 2023.

For context, this was just 8.2% of the energy consumed by Ethereum [ETH], and order of magnitude lower than that of proof-of-work (PoW) chain Bitcoin [BTC].

Source: CCRI

The report also found that Avalanche’s annual energy consumption was equal to the annual consumption of 44 average U.S. households.

Additionally, with emissions of just 178.3 tCO2e per annum, Avalanche was one of the least eco-polluting PoS networks. Indeed, its carbon footprint was a minuscule fraction of that of Ethereum and Solana [SOL], and equivalent to the emissions from 29 roundtrip flights from Munich to San Francisco.

Source: CCRI

The study further highlighted that Avalanche’s electricity consumption dipped by 4% from last year despite the increases in Subnet usage.

Over the years, blockchains’ increased power consumption and carbon emissions have become a major sticking point between skeptics and endorsers of the technology.

The bulk of the criticism was directed at PoW networks, which involve deployment of energy-guzzling machines. Fearing a blemish on their image and future growth opportunities, many solutions shifted to the PoS approach.

Since then, different stakeholders like investors, users, and regulators have been actively tracking climate impact of blockchains. In this backdrop, Avalanche’s impressive green indicators boded well for future investments and adoption.

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A tour of Avalanche’s ecosystem

While Avalanche earned plaudits for its green credentials, native token AVAX was insulated from the achievement. The coin lost 2.55% of its value in the last 24 hours, trading at $8.91 as of press time.

According to Avalanche explorer, around 77 Subnets were in operation as of this writing, with 1,464 validators. The total number of transactions processed on Subnets and the C-Chain saw intermittent bouts in the last two weeks, as shown below.

Source: Avalanche Explorer


Aniket Verma works as a journalist at AMBCrypto. Contrary to most who are primarily interested in merely tracking price movements of cryptos, his focus is on examining the niche intersection between cryptocurrencies and traditional finance. A so-so Bitcoin maximalist, Aniket has a strong disdain for memecoins and the unfounded frenzy they seem to generate every market season. Coming from a strong engineering background, Aniket previously worked as a Content Manager for TV9 Network. Before his stint over there, he was an Associate Multimedia News Producer at Reuters.
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