China Releases First Carbon Offset on Ant Group Blockchain
19 Jul, 2021•1 min read•Blockchain
Tianjin released China’s first blockchain-based carbon offset certificate, Binhai Times reported, days after the world’s second-largest economy launched its national carbon market.
The city's emission rights exchange announced the news at a conference on fintech and green finance held on July 15. The offset is built using AntChain, fintech giant Ant Group's enterprise blockchain platform. Blockchain can make the issuance, trading, and audit of carbon offsets transparent and traceable, according to the report. China aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, according to its latest Five-Year Plan. It is ramping up the use of green finance with green bonds and a national carbon market announced Friday. Tianjin is a coastal city in northern China, close to Beijing. It is a major port and industrial hub in China, particularly in petrochemicals. The local government has blockchain ambitions; in 2019 it announced a blockchain-based customs management platform and it is part of a wider plan to integrate logistics using blockchain across the region. IBM started building a blockchain platform for carbon emissions in China in 2016.