European Commissioner, Mariya Gabriel, has confirmed that European Commission is going to pay attention to the growing electricity consumption in the European Union, for the cryptocurrency mining, as she supervises and manages digital economy and the social order. A notice was posted on the European Parliament website and according to that notice, this issue was addressed by Gabriel in response to a question that was presented in the parliament.
The Issue of Power Consumption
Gabriel mentioned, that the Commission is well-aware of the issues like growing electricity consumption for cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. This issue is going to be perilous, especially for bitcoin, as the cryptocurrency mining is intense in China. Whereas, according to some estimates, two-third of entire mining takes place in China, and some of the mining is done in other places.
The statement also noted that no legal basis is there to avert or limit energy consumed inside the EU at this time. However, specifying that electrical consumption is an economic movement, it is an issue for EU regulations that also apply to energy proficiency, greenhouse gas emissions and the power sector. The cryptocurrency mining business model is based on providing a high assessment of cryptocurrencies. The growing electricity consumption and the price, both are expected to alter the demand and worth for cryptocurrencies.
Mining Isn’t Illegal
The Commission didn’t invoke in any way to follow the cryptocurrency mining since, it’s not an illegitimate activity. Though, the activity will be reviewed by the Commission as it has an impact on the demand for energy. Gabriel further stated that it’s always essential to keep this thing in your mind that many auspicious applications of blockchain technology usually don’t have an extreme need for processing power.
Christine Lagarde, Managing Director at International Monetary Fund, told in January that bitcoin mining is way too much energy intensive. It’s been warned by many environmentalists’ and analysts that the world is already battling with the climate change and that’s why industry’s power usage has turned in to such a huge concern.
EU Plans to Establish Blockchain
Last year, few plans were announced by the European Commission to launch an EU Blockchain Observatory as a response to a mandate of European Parliament for strengthening technical proficiency and governing bulk. In this project, an observatory and a forum will be included to collect the information from the blockchain technology and distributed ledger technology. Their main aim is to launch an EU expertise source for progressive blockchain subjects. The other goal is to contribute the EC for boosting the creation of technologies like these and to advance policy endorsements.