Solana, as well as other blockchains globally, have been questioned about their effects on the environment. Even though Polygon and Solana are all considered energy-efficient, Bitcoin and its proof-of-work consensus have always received criticism for their energy-centric mining processes.
According to the latest data from the Solana Foundation, the team released an emissions dashboard on Friday. This was done with the goal of tracking the carbon footprint released by the energy consumption of servers that power the SOL blockchain.
Solana servers emitted 10,651 metric tons of CO2 in past 12 months
Prior to April 1, 2023, Solana servers emitted 10,651 metric tons of CO2 in the last 12 months. According to CoinDesk estimates based on data indicating that the London to New York route produces approximately 1,300 metric tons, the carbon footprint of Solana is approximately equivalent to eight flights on the same route.
Details from the carbon footprint dashboard have mentioned some usage comparisons of SOL transactions. According to the data, 1.25 Solana transactions are equal to one Google search. One hour of using an LED lightbulb is equivalent to 41.67 transactions.
It also compares how efficient it is as compared to Ethereum post-merge. 166.67 transactions equal one Ethereum transaction.
Cryptocurrency critics have always gone against the industry, especially Bitcoin and Ethereum. However, the criticism seems to have gone down for Ethereum as it has transitioned from the proof-of-work consensus to the proof-of-stake. Lately, bitcoin miners are turning to more environmentally friendly approaches to reduce the environmental impact of cryptocurrency transactions and the mining process.