Transforming Climate Finance and Green Investment with Blockchains - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128144473

Transforming Climate Finance and Green Investment with Blockchains

1st Edition

Editors: Alastair Marke
Paperback ISBN: 9780128144473
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st July 2018
Page Count: 250
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Transforming Climate Finance and Green Investment with Blockchains establishes and analyzes the connection between this revolutionary technology and global efforts to combat climate change. The benefits of blockchain come through various profound alterations such as the adoption of smart contracts, which are set to redefine governance and regulatory structures as well as transaction systems in coming decades. Each chapter contains a "problem statement" that describes the challenges blockchain technology can address.

The first book of its kind, Transforming Climate Finance and Green Investment with Blockchains brings together original visions and insights from the members of the Blockchain Climate Institute, comprising thought leaders, financial professionals, international development practitioners, technology entrepreneurs, fintech innovators, scholars, experienced lawyers, and journalists from 20 countries. This book will help readers understand blockchain technology, how it can facilitate the implementation of the Paris Agreement and accelerate the global transition to green economy.

Key Features

  • Provides an authoritative examination of this emerging digital technology and its implications on the global climate change governance
  • Includes detailed proposals and thorough discussions of implementation issues specific to green economy sectors
  • Relates innovative proposals to existing applications to demonstrate the value add of blockchain technology
  • Covers blockchain for smarter energy sector; blockchain for fraud-free emissions management; blockchain to streamline climate investment; and legal frameworks for blockchain-based climate finance


Policy-makers; professionals working on climate change, energy, finance, and international development issues; fintech investors and practitioners; scholars and upper-division undergraduates and graduate students in these areas

Table of Contents

Guest Foreword

Editor Foreword

Section 1: Scene-setting – What’s going on?
1. A conversation with Dr. Kelce Wilson – An insider of Blockchain
Jack Aldane
2. A conversation with insiders of Blockchain X climate change
Alexander Harris
3. Blockchain 101: How does this revolutionary technology work?
Sebastien Meunier
4. Decoding the current 'wild west' in global climate finance
Alastair Marke and Bianca Sylvester

Section 2: Blockchain for Smarter Renewable Energy Deployment
5. How Blockchain can democratize global energy supply
Adam Woodhall
6. How Blockchains will industrialize a renewable grid
Paul R. Brody
7. Efficient Power Markets: Reimagining the Global Market with Ethereum
Adam Richard
8. Flexibility trading platform: Using blockchain to create the most efficient demand-side response trading market
Joanna Hubbard
9. NRGcoin—A blockchain-based support policy for renewables
Mihail Mihaylov

Section 3: Blockchain for Smoother International Climate Finance Transfers
10. Blockchain – Powering and Empowering the Poor
Jane Thomason
11. Disintermediating the Green Climate Fund
Tim Reutemann
12. Crowd Collaboration for Climate Adaptation (COCOA)
Cristián E. Retamal Gonzalez, Iván S. Razo-Zapata and Gustavo Arciniegas López
13. Using smart algorithms, machine learning and Blockchain technology to streamline and accelerate dealflow in climate finance
Neil Salisbury and Jenya Khvatsky
14. Addressing Water Sustainability with Blockchain Technology and Green Finance
Anna Poberezhna

Section 4: Blockchain for Fraud-Free Emissions Management
15. Central banks and Blockchains: The case for managing climate risk with a positive carbon price
Delton Benjamin Chen
16. Carbon Deposits – Using soil and blockchains to achieve net-zero emissions
Edward Dodge
17. Blockchain ecosystem for carbon markets, environmental assets, rights and liabilities: Concept design and implementation
Anton Galenovich and Alexey Shadrin
18. How a blockchain network can ensure compliance with Clean Development Mechanism methodology and reduce uncertainty in achieving Intended Nationally Determined Contributions
Steven Dunkel Jr.
19. Networked Carbon Markets: Permissionless Innovation with Distributed Ledgers?
Justin Macinante

Section 5: Blockchain for Better Green Finance Law Enforcement
20. How to trust green bonds: Blockchain, climate, and the institutional bond markets
Owen Sanderson
21. Utilizing Blockchain for better enforcement of green finance law and regulations
Xiaochen Zhang, Duoqi Xu, Wenjun Chen, Matias ARANGUIZ V. and Andy AN
22. Blockchain and smart contracts: Complementing climate finance, legislative frameworks and renewable energy projects
James Duchenne
Alastair Marke


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About the Editor

Alastair Marke

Alastair Marke is currently a senior climate finance consultant with a listed company in London. He is a seasoned sustainability policy researcher with publications covering a wide range of policy issues, including food and energy security, climate finance, low-carbon investment planning, emissions trading, and associated green growth issues in Europe, Africa, China, Southeast Asia and Australasia. Seeing the dire need to accelerate global efforts to fill the current climate finance gap, on top of his consultancy work, Alastair has recently created the International Core Group on Blockchain Climate Finance, composed of over 40 experts from 20 countries, to study the potential of Blockchain technology to upscale sustainable, environmental and climate finance for developing countries, encompassing energy finance, carbon trading, and new cryptocurrency-based multi-level climate finance transfer mechanisms.

Affiliations and Expertise

Fellow, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)


"Blockchain has become a catchword for disruptive innovation in a broad range of issue areas, including climate finance and investment. Frequently invoked and regularly misunderstood, however, this technology and its potential applications to climate change have so far lacked the authoritative scholarly analysis they deserve. By connecting some of the world’s foremost experts on blockchain and the complex environmental challenges it could address, this new book fills an important gap."  --Michael Mehling, MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research

"Blockchain technology has significant potential to increase confidence in asset ownership, improve transparency and enhance efficiency and effectiveness in support of the World Bank Group's goal to eradicate extreme poverty. We see interesting applications to accelerate decarbonization and broaden and deepen carbon markets through innovative solutions enabled by blockchain technology. This book is a valuable contribution to a debate which is starting to engage institutions, policy makers and practitioners." --James Close, Director, Climate Change Group, World Bank

"This book engages numerous experts on the core issues for the application of distributed ledgers and digital innovations to solve global challenges and scale solutions for sustainability. Although the technology is rapidly changing, this book deals with the fundamental issues and systems, such as governance and finance, that also require significant effort to innovate in order for these emerging technologies to come to full fruition." --Tom Baumann, ClimateCHECK 

"The beauty of Transforming Climate Finance & Green Investment with Blockchains is that it brings together top experts from different backgrounds and presents a cohesive, considered and powerful exploration of blockchain’s potential in tackling our planet’s most pressing challenge. It is a must read for those of us involved in financing and putting resources into green investments, because it’s clear that this technology has the potential to positively change the way we work, govern and collaborate in this space." --Andrew Shaw, FMO – The Dutch Development Bank

"Blockchains, or more broadly distributed ledger technologies, hold a great potential to spur innovation in a wide range of areas including peer-to-peer renewable energy trading, supply chain management, land titles, and climate finance and investments. Transforming Climate Finance and Green Investment with Blockchains can play an important role to raise awareness and to provide in depth academic insights on these emerging [exponential] technologies and their applications in the context of the urgent response needed to address climate change." --Alexandre Gellert Paris, United Nations

"Digital ledger technologies offer the potential to transform the way we store, exchange, and record economic value and will develop over the same time period as the Sustainable Development Goals. This important book marks a early milestone in our understanding of how blockchain can play a role in confronting climate change, and will remain a key reference for policymakers to understand the potential this transformation will make possible." --Darius Nassiry, Former Adviser to the Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute

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