Bitcoin Mining Uses Way More Sustainable Energy Than We Thought

• The Cambridge Centre For Alternative Finance’s (CCAF) study on Bitcoin’s environmental impact underestimates the amount of sustainable Bitcoin mining going on.
• ESG investors generally trust CCAF’s research due to its reputable and independent reputation, which has stalled Bitcoin user adoption.
• For ESG funds to get behind Bitcoin, there needs to be independent empirical data demonstrating that the macro trend is quantifiably moving toward sustainable energy.

Environmental Impact of Bitcoin

The Cambridge Centre For Alternative Finance’s (CCAF) recently released a study on the environmental impact of Bitcoin, estimating that only 37.6% of all energy used for Bitcoin mining is sourced from sustainable sources. This number is significantly lower than a separate study by the Bitcoin Mining Council (BMC), which found that 58.9% of energy used was from renewable sources.

Impact on ESG Funds

ESG funds are increasingly investing in ESG-based projects, with an estimated $10.5 trillion being invested in the U.S. alone by 2022. However, these funds have been hesitant to back projects related to cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin due to worries about its negative environmental impact; while some may be skeptical of Alex de Vries’ claims regarding the cryptocurrency’s sustainability, many more prefer trusting research done by reputable institutions such as CCAF over industry bodies like BMC due to their independence and accuracy in reporting data. As a result, user adoption for Bitcoin has been stunted and environmental organizations are further pushing for governments to regulate it punitively due to lack of sustainability concerns being addressed adequately.

What Would It Take?

In order for ESG funds to feel comfortable enough investing in projects related to digital assets such as Bitcoin, they require three things: independent empirical data demonstrating how much actual sustainable energy is being used for mining; proof that this trend is actually moving towards greater sustainability; and assurance that overall usage of renewable energies remains positive despite current levels being low according to CCAF’s estimates.

Actionable Solutions

To tackle this problem head-on, people within the cryptocurrency community need to start actively working together with researchers and other stakeholders outside their own circle in order create more accurate data points when it comes not just measuring current usage levels but also predicting future trends – this way we can ensure that investors have clear evidence when it comes time decide whether or not they want invest money into this sector without having worry about potential hidden costs associated with environmentally unsustainable practices occurring within underlying technology infrastructure itself (such as bitcoin mining).


Overall, ensuring transparency regarding sustainability metrics associated with cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin will go a long way towards helping ensure better acceptance from mainstream finance players who are looking at investing large amounts capital into digital assets long-term basis – however doing so means having real conversations between various stakeholders involved within ecosystem itself about what metrics actually matter most when discussing environmental factors surrounding any given project or initiative before making any decisions either way about future investments related same topic!