The Polygon ($MATIC) team has pledged to make its blockchain officially carbon neutral by the end of the year. 

According to an announcement made by the official Polygon Twitter account, the network is aiming to go carbon neutral by the end of this year and climate positive at some point in the future. The commitment was announced as a part of the project’s “Green Manifesto” proposal, which purports to be a “smart contract with Planet Earth.”

In addition to reducing their carbon emissions, the network also promises to make a $20 million pledge to offset their carbon footprint, with the goal of eventually achieving a carbon negative impact. 

The Manifesto highlights the importance of freedom and liberty as a component of Web3 and argues that climate change has become a global injustice. The announcement says that Polygon can no longer ignore climate change in its mission of making the world a better place. 

According to the Manifesto, Polygon will account for every transaction made on the network in order to ensure that its environmental impact is offset. Additionally, Polygon intends to become the first blockchain that is “climate positive.” 

The webpage also lists a table of carbon footprint comparisons, showing that Polygon’s 2021 emissions were 90,645 T/CO2e, compared to Microsoft’s 10,900,000 T/CO2e. A breakdown of the network’s emissions shows that bridging and checkpointing account for the vast majority of carbon output, with transactions representing a miniscule 570 T/CO2e. 


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