Bitcoin's energy consumption is up 41%
Earlier this year, the EU rejected a proposal for mining prohibition. However, we can see new steps to reduce the environmental impact of mining digital currencies.
According to a report from the BTC Mining Council, mining uses 0.16% of the world's electricity. The information is based on a Q3 analysis of 51 major mining companies. This level is classified as "insignificant" and is less than the amount of energy required by the gaming industry. The Council has a similar position regarding the level of carbon emissions, which is 0.10% of the global total.
The observed power consumption growth is caused primarily by the increase in hashrate (73% for the year). Moreover, such results were achieved against the background of a lower number of mined blocks and a price decline.
According to Glassnode, this is due to implementation into the network of hardware with higher efficiency. The other reason is participants with a large share of hash power.
The report points out that the increase in power consumption could reach a negative reaction from regulatory agencies studying the issue.
Pressure from environmentalists against miners is increasing. In particular, Greenpeace has launched a campaign to encourage the transition to PoS.