Paris Blockchain Week Series – Episode 4 – The Marvels of Blockchain

Blockchain technology has the potential to significantly impact various aspects of our lives, from revolutionizing climate finance to enhancing financial inclusion. As the world faces numerous challenges, including economic downturns, inequality, and natural catastrophes, the need for innovative solutions becomes increasingly important.

This article explores key areas where blockchain can address global issues.

I. Unleashing Blockchain’s Real-World Impact by Addressing Global Challenges

“My goal Is to contribute to our collective argument for the impact blockchain is making today, and proving that blockchain’s real world utility, beyond our industry bubble, is crucial. It’s more important than ever to bring this journey to life.” – Denelle Dixon, CEO of Stellar Development Foundation

Blockchain technology, still in its infancy, holds immense promise for widespread adoption. Amid a world grappling with numerous obstacles such as economic downturns, increasing inequality, natural catastrophes, and political turmoil, blockchain has the potential to tackle some of these pressing concerns, showcasing its worth despite skepticism and eroding trust due to a few deceitful players.

Take aid distribution as an example; millions depend on cash-based interventions on a massive scale. This process faces significant hurdles, including delays in mobilizing resources, constraints of cash usage, and difficulties in reporting and monitoring.

To foster a brighter future for blockchain utilization, emphasis should shift from elucidating the technology to making it beneficial for all, centering on the results it can deliver rather than the technology itself. Fundamentally, blockchain solutions can be customized to tackle various issues, including cross-border payroll, public assistance payments, and micro-payments for laborers and creators. These solutions hold the potential to impact millions by offering increased value and utility, whether for routine financial services or essential humanitarian aid.

By providing superior, accessible, and inclusive solutions, the blockchain sector can demonstrate its worth and establish trust with users. Companies ought to collaborate as problem solvers and innovators to materialize these solutions, underlining the resilience and enduring presence of the blockchain industry.

II. Developing Infrastructure and Embracing Opportunities

Coinbase, NASDAQ, and other companies are concentrating on streamlining the on-chain experience to usher new users into the Web3 ecosystem. They’re fostering trust in the blockchain sphere by developing innovative custody solutions, enhancing anti-financial crime capabilities, and ensuring security across processes and technology. Their goal is to facilitate institutional adoption of blockchain by providing a secure environment that anticipates future regulations.

The industry must learn from past mistakes and unfinished efforts to fortify the state of the chain. It bears the responsibility to improve and prevent market corrections while ensuring that bad actors don’t sully the term “blockchain.” The opportunity to strengthen the chain remains immense, with real-world value becoming increasingly evident.

Current stakeholders are focused on constructing dependable, resilient infrastructure to support the Internet’s next evolution, proving value before drawing in the next billion users. They aim to remove barriers for developers, build applications that attract users, and educate policymakers and executives about the value of new technologies.

Terminology is also crucial, with numerous actors at the conference emphasizing the use of appropriate language in the chain industry to avoid negative perceptions and support mutual growth. An overly complicated technical vocabulary used to describe blockchain technology can create a perception of exclusivity and elitism, potentially discouraging those unfamiliar with the technology and hindering widespread adoption. Examples include “consensus mechanism,” “node,” “public/private key encryption,” and so on. Without proper explanation, such jargon can be difficult for beginners to understand, potentially leading to confusion or misunderstanding. It is important for the blockchain industry to make a concerted effort to use clear, accessible language to make the technology more approachable.

Moreover, the industry should avoid replicating the current financial infrastructure’s shortcomings, promoting competition and innovation instead.

Blockchain technology can enhance financial inclusion and eradicate extreme poverty by granting financial access to unbanked and underbanked populations. Crypto’s use in disaster relief, such as in Ukraine, demonstrates the technology’s positive impact in real-world situations, upholding the core values of blockchain as outlined in Satoshi’s White Paper and creating a more inclusive financial system.

Barriers to Web3 entry should be lowered to support the developer community and provide tools to facilitate their growth in the blockchain space. This will help address infrastructure challenges, preventing the concentration of power among well-funded individuals and companies. The industry should promote the availability and sharing of financial data on blockchains to allow more people to engage with and understand the technology.

Education is crucial for better access and understanding of blockchain and cryptocurrency exchanges, which involves proper transaction monitoring to prevent malicious sources from infiltrating the ecosystem. By enhancing trust and comfort within the ecosystem, it becomes easier to attract and onboard institutions like pension funds and large asset managers.

III. Climate and Regenerative Finance in the Blockchain Ecosystem

“Our goal at the H Bar Foundation is to bring the balance sheet of the planet to the public Ledger via open sourcing methodologies. The reason why we’re focusing on this goal is because we believe that we can make climate finance auditable.” – Hania Othman, Director of Sustainable Impact – EU & Africa at HBAR Foundation

Regenerative finance (ReFi) holds the potential to revolutionize climate finance, paving the way for a fairer and more sustainable financial system. ReFi aims to scale and engage enterprises in the consumption of sustainable assets. To achieve this, it must provide a platform for acquiring and utilizing sustainable assets, dismantling barriers to enable widespread adoption of ReFi products. For instance, carbon credits can be rendered more liquid, investable, and profitable via DeFi. Initiatives can also explore green bonds for early-stage financing in carbon projects and manage carbon offsets through DLT to enhance efficiency and scalability.

At the “ReFi-ning the Future of Climate Finance on Chain” conference, panelists shared their insights on the financial landscape.

Krasina Mileva, COO at DOVU, underscored the significance of adopting a long-term, regenerative approach to farming and how ReFi can apply similar principles to financial systems.

Alexey Shadrin, CEO at Evercity, stressed the importance of technology and financing in addressing climate change, viewing blockchain as a catalyst for making green finance more accessible.

Nicola Attico, Blockchain/DLT Solution Engineer at ServiceNow, offered an enterprise perspective on ReFi, highlighting the potential for collaboration between large organizations and distributed ledger technologies.

Panelists agreed that blockchain technology can tackle climate crises through tokenization and traceability while sidestepping common pitfalls in climate finance like double counting and greenwashing. The objective is to decentralize the process and minimize dependency on intermediaries.

However, trust in the underlying infrastructure requires that the blockchain industry become greener and align with the Paris Agreement goals.

An actionable ReFi space should also prioritize proper management, reporting, and data verification. This demands greater integration between IoT and climate finance to supply verifiable data for sustainable assets, alongside open-source tools that facilitate collaboration and contribution within the ReFi ecosystem, fostering shared goals. Stakeholders should collaborate with organizations like the United Nations or the European Commission to strike the right balance between pursuing climate objectives and avoiding greenwashing and hype.



Blockchain technology has great potential to address pressing global challenges, foster financial inclusion, and contribute to a more sustainable future. By focusing on real-world impact, developing robust infrastructure, and promoting regenerative finance, the blockchain industry can demonstrate its value and establish trust with users. As we move forward, stakeholders must collaborate with policymakers to ensure a balanced approach that prioritizes both climate goals and the avoidance of greenwashing and hype. With continued innovation and collaboration, blockchain can play a vital role in shaping a more equitable and sustainable world.



Oriane Kaesmann

Oriane began her academic journey with a strong passion for literature and psychology.

However, her fascination with new technologies led her to pursue an LL.M. in Space Law at Luxembourg University. She gained valuable experience by interning at the Luxembourg Space Agency and subsequently joined an energy provider focused on the circular Moon economy, and sustainable electricity production with zero carbon impact.

Motivated by her dedication to sustainability, Oriane ventured into the financial sector. She specialized in sustainable finance, working for an international bank, a renowned Big 4 firm, and a consultancy firm, also focusing on compliance and AML/KYC. In search of cutting-
edge developments in the financial industry, Oriane then joined the LHoFT, where she dedicates her time to research and crafting insightful articles and reports on transformative fields such as artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies and blockchain, Fintech, Regtech, and inclusive finance.

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