At the end of May last year, Tesla’s Elon Musk convinced bitcoin industry leaders to form a Bitcoin Mining Council (BMC) and in mid-July, the BMC launched its public services and website. On April 25, 2022, the organization published a report that discusses the bitcoin mining industry’s improvements in sustainable energy use during the first quarter of 2022. The BMC report’s findings show Bitcoin’s electricity usage dropped by 25% in Q1 2022 compared to the year prior.
Microstrategy’s CEO Michael Saylor also made a statement in the fourth quarterly BMC report. “In the first quarter of 2022, the hashrate and related security of the Bitcoin network improved by 23% year-on-year, while energy usage decreased 25%,” the Microstrategy executive and BMC member said. “We observed a 63% year-on-year increase in efficiency due to advances in semiconductor technology, the rapid expansion of North American mining, the China Exodus, and the worldwide adoption of sustainable energy and modern bitcoin mining techniques,” Saylor added.
In addition to Saylor’s commentary, the report quoted the co-founder of Core Scientific, Darin Feinstein. The Core Scientific executive explained how the BMC membership has grown over the last 12 months. “The BMC membership hashrate increased from 29 EH at its inception, to 101 EH in Q1 2022,” Feinstein said. “In only one year’s time, the BMC now represents 50% of the global Bitcoin Mining Network with members spread across 5 continents.” Feinstein concluded:
As sunlight is the best disinfectant, it is important for the world to get the real facts about the amount of energy used and carbon released by the Bitcoin Network. We hope that those with journalistic integrity honor their commitment to providing truthful media and news with use of this ground-breaking data, accessible to all.