Blockchain, widely known as an underlying technology of a cryptocurrency Bitcoin, is often addressed as a game changing and promising for a variety of industries. Due to the number of its functional features, such as decentralization, auditability and persistency among others, it has potential to address social and ecological challenges according to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by United Nations. In addition, Blockchain has a set of properties which may us (a) measure and evaluate the origins of unsustainable behaviour; (b) evaluate the real effectiveness of sustainability measures taken by local and national governments or by individuals and companies.
Unblocked invites papers that address potential of Blockchain technologies to meet SDGs to the article collection on “Blockchain and Sustainability”. The potential topics include, but are not limited to the following:
- Conceptual and normative frameworks to structure the research field
- Sustainable Blockchain: LCA or other assessments of Blockchain applications and suggestions/ideas how to make Blockchains more sustainable, for example, the alternative consensus mechanisms to Proof of Work, or off-chain scaling solutions.
- Blockchain-based use cases that specifically analyse and assess (a) more transparency within global supply chains or real and financial goods and services; (b) more transparency about individual and collective action; (c) reduction of power asymmetries within organizations or in specific markets; (d) define whether and how sustainable behaviour can be incentivized with purpose-driven tokens
- Development of assessment tools for sustainability impact measurement of Blockchain-based projects, including methods of technology assessment
- Blockchain in a sustainable world: How could Blockchain contribute to sustainability transformation, development of future sustainability scenarios highlighting the game changing role of Blockchain.