With support from the National Science Foundation Science of Science Policy and Innovation Program, Data-Driven Lab will undertake a three-year research project exploring the potential – and possible pitfalls – of utilizing blockchain systems to analyze and support climate action.

Using an interdisciplinary approach that will leverage insights from academic researchers, industry partners, policymakers, and local governments and companies taking climate action, the project will design a novel framework and architecture for Blockchain Climate Action Tracking (B-CAT). This framework, developed in both theory and tested in proof-of-concept prototypes, will be used to define if and where blockchain and complementary technologies (e.g. IoT) can improve upon existing efforts tracking climate policy.

The project is led by Dr. Angel Hsu, (PI of the project), director of Data-Driven Lab, assistant professor at Yale-NUS College, and assistant research professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Dr. Leandros Tassiulas (Co-PI), John C. Malone Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science act the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Dr. Martin Wainstein, founder and lead researcher at Yale OpenLab at Tsai CITY. More details are available here.

We are also blogging project updates on our Medium page: Radical Collaboration and Blockchain for Climate Change Accounting.