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Cambridge AltFin Study Shows Ethereum Significantly Reduces Energy Usage

source-logo  thenewscrypto.com 04 May 2023 02:23, UTC
  • The study shows a 99.9% reduction in energy consumption since Ethereum switched to PoS.
  • Ethereum’s annual energy consumption is now only enough to power The University of Cambridge for 16 days.

Ethereum’s transition from Proof-of-Work (PoW) to Proof-of-Stake (PoS) has proven to be a resounding success, with a Cambridge Alt Fin study showing a 99.9% reduction in energy consumption. This milestone has garnered attention from industry leaders. Including Binance’s CEO, who has praised Ethereum’s efforts to create a more sustainable future for cryptocurrencies. In this article, we’ll explore the implications of this study and how it could pave the way for more energy-efficient blockchain networks.

Reducing Energy Consumption: Ethereum’s Successful Transition to Proof-of-Stake

According to data from Cambridge University’s Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), Ethereum had been consuming increasing amounts of energy since its launch until the “Merge” took place in September 2022. By then, its total energy consumption had reached 58.26 Terawatt hours (TWh). That equivalent to Switzerland’s annual electricity consumption during that period.

However, CCAF’s latest estimates reveal that this amount has now drastically decreased to just 6.6 gigawatt hours (GWh), comparable to the electricity used by 2,000 typical UK homes. This is a stark contrast to Bitcoin’s energy usage, which amounted to 143.9 TWh over the same period.

Ethereum’s successful switch has raised hopes of a more sustainable future for cryptocurrencies. But blockchain experts have dismissed the possibility of Bitcoin adopting the same system anytime soon. Alexander Neumüller, one of CCAF’s researchers, notes that Bitcoin’s proof-of-approach is deeply entrenched within its network and therefore difficult to change. Moreover, Ethan Vera, co-founder of Luxor Mining, adds that energy consumption is a crucial factor when it comes to bitcoin’s security and makes it unlikely for the network to consider such a change.

The switch to Proof-of-Stake has been one of Ethereum’s core objectives, and its success has illuminated just how much energy can be saved when blockchain networks are designed with sustainability in mind. Neumüller notes that this could be replicated by other networks looking to reduce their carbon footprint and ensure they remain competitive in the future.

As Ethereum’s popularity continues to grow, there is a potential for its energy consumption to increase, which could have an adverse effect on its progress if not addressed properly. It is therefore essential that developers take into account sustainable solutions when creating new blockchain networks.

The Importance of Sustainable Blockchain Solutions

As more and more businesses are looking to blockchain technology as a viable solution, it is becoming increasingly important that developers have access to the tools and resources required for them to build more energy-efficient networks. In doing so, they can help pave the way for a greener future for cryptocurrencies.

Ethereum’s successful transition from Proof-of-Work to Proof-of-Stake has demonstrated the potential of blockchain networks to reduce their environmental impact. The drastic reduction in energy consumption is a testament to Ethereum’s commitment to sustainability, and its success could have major implications for other networks looking to follow suit.

By creating more efficient blockchain solutions, developers can help usher in a future where cryptocurrencies are both secure and energy-efficient. To celebrate the milestone, Ethereum has partnered with Malaysia’s Merdeka 118 skyscraper to light up the skies in celebration of its success. The event will be open to all, allowing people from all walks of life to witness and appreciate the achievements of this revolutionary technology.