China Releases First Carbon Offset on Ant Group Blockchain: Report

Tianjin, known for its heavy industry and oil refineries, issued China's first blockchain-based carbon offset, as the country builds up its national carbon trading platform.

Jul 19, 2021 at 4:50 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 1:27 p.m. UTC

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.
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