MEPs have voted on regulating markets in crypto assets (MiCA) and the carbon footprint of cryptocurrency.
Eero Heinäluoma, MEP and S&D negotiator on crypto assets, said, “Cryptocurrency uses up as much energy as electric cars do. Bitcoin mining alone consumes more energy than countries the size of Austria or Portugal. With such a heavy carbon footprint, cryptocurrencies will make it an uphill struggle for Europe to combat exploding energy prices and become carbon-neutral.
“The Socialists and Democrats Group does not want to ban cryptocurrencies. On the contrary, we want to ensure that the industrial-scale mining of cryptocurrencies is set on a sustainable path.”
“With these new rules, Europe has the chance to set the global standard for crypto assets. Yet we are already lagging behind when it comes to regulating this fast-paced new industry. We cannot afford any more delays. This is why we oppose the reopening of the text now because of external pressures. A deal is a deal.”
The Commission published its ‘markets in crypto assets’ (MiCA) proposal in September 2020 and European Parliament negotiators reached a deal on 16 February 2022.
The current draft foresees that the European Commission would be required to adopt, 6 months after the entry into force of this regulation, a delegated act in which it will define minimum environmental sustainability standards in respect of which a consensus mechanism will be deemed to be environmentally unsustainable. These standards defined by the European Commission would apply as from January 2025.