WISeKey Launches ETreeNFT.com Connecting Trees, NFTs And Crypto On A Unique Opportunity For Creating New And Totally Sustainable Asset-Based Markets For Sequestering CO2 - Yahoo Finance

WISeKey Launches ETreeNFT.com Connecting Trees, NFTs And Crypto On A Unique Opportunity For Creating New And Totally Sustainable Asset-Based Markets For Sequestering CO2 – Yahoo Finance

Wisekey International Holding SA

Wisekey International Holding SA

WISeKey Launches eTreeNFT.com Connecting Trees, NFTs and Crypto on a Unique Opportunity for Creating New and Totally Sustainable
AssetBased Markets for Sequestering CO2

Each eTree NFT plants one real tree & sequesters carbon to regenerate a real farm.  Trees are tagged and digitally signed with WISeKey Semiconductors and monitored via WISeSat.Space low orbit satellites

GENEVA / Zug – January 30, 2023: WISeKey International Holding Ltd. (“WISeKey”) (SIX: WIHN, NASDAQ: WKEY), leading global cybersecurity, AI, Blockchain, and IoT company today announces the launch of its eTreeNFT.com marketplace platform for creating new and totally sustainable assetbased markets for sequestering CO2. WISeKey is already operating one of the largest decentralized NFT Marketplace for arts ecosystem. This experience and technological platform is now extended to the certification of trees in order to perform carbon emission compensation, which creates NFTs linked to real trees and allows the certification and monitoring from space using WISeSats.

NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are used to tokenize trees to compensate for carbon dioxide emissions. This would involve the creation of a token representing a specific tree, which could then be owned, traded and tracked by a network of users.

The token could be used to track, verify and promote the growth of the trees, allowing for accurate accounting and carbon measurements. Additionally, individuals and businesses that demonstrate responsible stewardship of their trees could be rewarded for their contributions to offsetting carbon emissions. Finally, an incentivized trading system could be implemented to allow users to buy and sell tokens representing specific trees, creating a marketplace where both individuals and businesses can participate in carbon offsetting.

As soon as a tree is planted, the owner of the eTree NFT receives an NFT with a price tag equivalent to the amount of CO2 sequestered by the tree and available on the eTreeNFT.com platform. The eTree NFTs can be sold on the platform or used as a carbon compensation method.

Carlos Moreira, CEO of WISeKey noted, “Tokenization of trees to sequester CO2 involves issuing tradable securities (e.g. tokens) that represent ownership of a carbon offset derived from a specific project such as reforestation, improved land management or avoided land clearance. The carbon offset should be third-party verified using internationally recognized standards such as the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) or the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS). Through tokenization, the offset owner is able to track the environmental impacts of the project over time and trade the token on secondary markets or use it to offset emissions. There are a number of blockchain-based platforms which enable the tokenization of carbon offsets. The development of tradable markets for these tokens is an important step in helping create an effective global market in carbon credits and enable more efficient pricing and wider access.”

Critics have questioned the value of NFTs for environmental causes because tokens using blockchain technology require intense computing power, driving up demand for electricity generation that releases climate-warming greenhouse gases.

WISeKey dismissed that view, arguing that preservation of threatened areas far outweighs the environmental cost of NFT transactions. Based on estimates, these restored ecosystems could capture up to 200 billion tons of carbon, accounting for over one-sixth of human carbon emissions. That is why tree planting at a global scale can play an important role in tackling climate change. Forests are critical to the health of our planet: they sequester carbon, they regulate temperatures, they recharge groundwater, they prevent soil erosion and they conserve biodiversity. We have already lost nearly half of the trees that used to exist on Earth before humans started taking them down to build settlements and grow food. Even though there is no way to bring back all those trees, we know now that at least 1 trillion can be restored

The NFT design of the WISe.Art platform ensures that besides an authenticated and signed version of the actual digital asset, an irreversible link to a physical object is created, in addition to proof of ownership, provenance and a set of contracts describing future use and monetization streams. The NFTs and platform are secured by WISeKey’s various security technology enabling the authentication of physical objects as well as digital assets in a safe end-to-end process.

WISeKey’s partnership with Green NFT also ensures that NFTs on the WISe.Art platform are fully carbon neutral to comply with upcoming ESG regulations and the desire of most collectors to protect the planet.  The platform also includes permanent storage of the NFTs and as well as token rewards for participants in auctions, curators and other companies or individuals that contribute to the community.

eTreeNFT.com provides both a secure marketplace and platform where NFT buyers and sellers can easily connect their crypto wallets to instantly purchase or list their NFTs for sale. WISeK