NFT Energy Policy

We are on Known Origin as they are a curated site for artists. We were Featured Artist for our first drop in November 2021. We are also planning Rarible and HnC releases in 2022.

Micro Arts Group on Known Origin

Energy

Please note on Known Origin, the mint gas price covers all of the editions. We have also considered lazy minting, where the NFT is only made on actual sale, not at start.

Known Origin’s energy policy reduces energy footprint by 50% and includes artists and community commitments. They have the lowest mainnet costs of all the big sites.

We will also be minting larger sets of NFTs on various low energy Proof of Stake platforms, including those using Tezos (Kalamint) and Solana (Solanart).

Please visit: Known Origin Eco Energy Policy

Comment

Generally, it seems that because art is seen as frivolous and a wasteful activity, it should not use energy in production, or as little as possible. Cryptocurrency and related activities haves expanded enormously and it is only now that Art has arrived in the mix that the energy use has become such a topic for the general public. (The built-in rise in energy cost of crypto was a topic from the start, but that is another story.)

NFTs and the whole of crypto industry did not appear in Cop26 climate talks, as irrelevant. Basically it is just a tiny part of the computer industry, and anyway, computing is seen as a Good Thing.

If serious about reducing energy use for art, we should only make folk and artisan art, and not publicise it via computer channels. This is a political decision that many hold.

So why are folk artists on Instagram, Pinterest, Etsy and many other social media sites? This is the infrastructure that uses all the energy, not each individual post or creation.

NFTs can’t be removed from the context of a huge, expanding, computer industry, in which they are just a new fad or even a revolution in art production and consumption.

A few years ago the discussion around blockchain was ‘no use case’ – now it is ‘use so much energy planet will explode’.

For more on decarbonising the blockchain industry see Crypto Climate Accord