Mr. Shidan Gouran reports
FORK INVESTS IN PRIVATE TOKEN SALE FOR GEAR, A BLOCKCHAIN-BASED MARKETPLACE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CREDITS
Metaverse Capital Corp. has invested approximately $150,000 (U.S.) worth of cryptocurrency into the private token sale of GEAR, a proposed marketplace for tokenized environmental credits, built on blockchain technology. GEAR, an abbreviation of green energy and renewables, was founded by GEAR Inc. (GEAR Corp.) with an objective of creating a liquidity solution for environmental credits (that is, carbon offsets) by providing a platform on which digital representations of these credits can be traded as cryptocurrency tokens. These cryptocurrency token representations of environmental credits are minted by GEAR Corp. on a one-for-one basis against actual environmental credits. Then, they are correspondingly burned upon redemption of the token for its respective actual environmental credit. This redemption can be done through GEAR Corp. by holders of representative tokens.
Given the currently cumbersome transaction processes for environmental credits, these types of credits are often left unused or underused. GEAR will strengthen the overall use case for environmental credits by making transactions more streamlined, which improves the value proposition for environmental credits as an asset class. The GEAR platform will act as an exchange on which these representative tokens can be traded as commodities. Moreover, through planned integrations with utility providers and supply chain stakeholders, environmental credits can be transacted in place of environmental taxes and tariffs. For instance, with the adoption of such a network, a ship at a port could automatically pay an environmental credit to the port using a tokenized representation on GEAR, in place of the traditional approach of paying an emissions tariff on arrival using fiat currency.
Environmental credits are gaining popularity as a method of reducing humans' impact on the earth's ecosystem. According to a 2018 World Bank report (1), 88 countries* are planning to use or are considering using carbon pricing and/or market mechanisms, with 51 additional carbon pricing initiatives implemented or scheduled for implementation. A staggering 56 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions fall within this scope. The total value of carbon pricing initiatives in 2018 was $82-billion (U.S.) (compared with $52-billion (U.S.) in 2017). Furthermore, there is interest in such programs in the private sector, with more than 1,300 companies using, or planning to use, internal carbon pricing in 2018 and 2019.
With these many programs coming into effect for carbon alone (not accounting for other credit types, such as water credits and forestry credits), GEAR is positioned to form a dynamic marketplace, which will be compatible with virtually any of these credit programs. Through strategic partnerships, GEAR Corp. plans to on board key players for integration of the GEAR marketplace into workflows in which environmental credits can be used. Moreover, GEAR Corp.'s advisory board consists of several known and influential persons whose insights and connections can align GEAR for large-scale adoption.
An illustrative transaction on GEAR consists of the following six steps:
Ocean Corp. has 1,000 example carbon credits (ECC), which it transfers to GEAR Corp.
GEAR Corp. mints 1,000 ECC-T tokens, which each directly represent one ECC, depositing 1,000 ECC-T to Ocean Corp's wallet.
Ocean Corp. may now elect to transfer ECC-T to another party (for example, to a port, in place of paying a tariff), or it may sell ECC-T on the GEAR platform to liquidate its ECC-T (and corresponding ECC) for another form of currency.
Forest Corp. pursues a purchase of 100 ECC-T, which are currently trading for one Ethereum (ETH), by placing a bid on the GEAR platform for 100 ECC-T at 100 ETH.
Ocean Corp. may elect to sell 100 of its ECC-T to Forest Corp., by allowing GEAR to match Forest Corp.'s bid to Ocean Corp's balance.
Upon completion of this transaction, Forest Corp. now holds 100 ECC-T, which it may now hold speculatively (that is, to sell for a potentially higher price), or redeem for actual ECC credits through GEAR Corp.
Compared with the complex, lengthy and costly processes through which environmental credits are currently transacted, GEAR's transactions are far simpler. Moreover, the GEAR platform is more inclusive, broadening the scope of prospective purchasers and holders of such credits, improving the overall market for these credits both as instruments of environmental sustainability and as an asset class.
In its transaction with GEAR Corp., Metaverse has purchased 150,000 units of GEAR token, which play the standard role of a proprietary token on a blockchain-based exchange. More specifically, the GEAR token will provide access to the GEAR platform, and will provide discounts on transaction fees and listing fees. This stake in the GEAR platform will give Metaverse an influential position in the GEAR platform as it grows.
Metaverse president and chief executive officer Shidan Gouran commented: "Ever since climate change began to show worrisome threats to our planet's well-being, environmental credit programs have sought to control any possible damage by offsetting unsustainable actions with sustainable actions. The main trouble with these programs has been a lack of transparency in the programs' administration and a lack of liquidity for the credits as assets. These problems are both easily solved using blockchain technology, which is why we see so much potential in GEAR. With some very influential and talented individuals on our advisory board, GEAR is already positioned to be integrated into the systems of utility providers and supply chains. This will improve the overall usability of environmental credits and bolster the broad-scale use of GEAR as a platform for transacting these credits."
GEAR Corp. chief executive officer Indivar Pathak added: "We are most pleased to have FORK's investment in the GEAR token and vote of confidence for our vision and our project. We believe that beyond their investment in GEAR token, Metaverse will be an important ally for us, especially under the leadership of Mr. Gouran. His passion for natural capital and preserving the Earth's resources comes from his many years in senior roles in the technology space, where he has seen the inner workings of corporations and how their impact on the environment can be mitigated through programs, such as environmental credits. He was also one of the first adopters of blockchain technology, which makes his belief in GEAR all that much of a better fit. We look forward to a productive next several months as we prepare GEAR to launch."
Metaverse has been informed that both the corporate website for GEAR Corp., as well as additional information about the GEAR platform, is planned to be made publicly available by Sept. 2, 2019.
* In the World Bank report, this figure refers to 88 NDCs, or nationally determined contributions. In a separate resource (2), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change provides the below descriptors for NDCs. For simplicity in this informational section of this press release, NDCs are treated as one and the same as their respective nations, and as such, synonymous with countries.
NDCs embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.
The Paris agreement requests each country to outline and communicate its post-2020 climate actions, known as its NDCs.
(1) The Open Knowledge web page on the World Bank website (page 18).
(2) the UNFCCC website.
About Metaverse Capital Corp.
With blockchain technology rapidly reshaping the models of many companies, industries and their business processes, Metaverse Capital places a focus on the common needs of early-stage blockchain adopters. Originally founded with a focus on crypto-mining, Metaverse has recently diversified its offerings by placing an emphasis on professional services, such as developing and administering launches of tokens and digital assets. Adapting to changes in blockchain technology, Metaverse is also now utilizing its computing power to provide consensus services, such as the operation of masternodes, servicenodes and witnesses, which are alternative methods to cryptocurrency mining for generating and acquiring digital assets. Investors, through their investment in the company, are provided with exposure to these tokens, cryptocurrencies and digital assets without the lengthy, and complicated, process that interested investors must ordinarily undergo to gain exposure to these cryptocurrencies and digital assets.
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