How can you measure and reduce the environmental footprint of Web3 and blockchain technologies?
That was the challenge that we put to students at the Engineering Visions Summer School, an international programme focusing on “innovative solutions and sustainable engineering” which took place at Glasgow Caledonian University last month.
2i was invited to provide a problem for a team of students to tackle over a 2-week period. We presented our students Adeel Hamid, Aleksandra Dąbrowska, Gijs Siebers , Oskar Andersson and Sabrina Hippchen with the challenge of researching how to measure and reduce the environmental footprint of Web3 and blockchain technologies, and they handled it brilliantly.
Aleksandra, Oskar and Sabrina presented their results to the team last week. Their proposal included ideas about alternative mining algorithms, potential uses for blockchain in governance and the energy sector, and how to determine when leveraging the blockchain is actually the most appropriate solution.
Thanks for giving us lots to think about!