Gryphon Digital Mining and Sphere 3D (Nasdaq: ANY), which both recently entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger, today announced that they have entered into an agreement to purchase 250,000 Certified Emission Reductions (“CERs” or “Credits”), with each company purchasing 125,000 credits, subject to closing conditions (as further defined below).
These credits will not only support ESG commitments in achieving net-zero emissions for the parties but will allow Gryphon to become the first carbon-negative crypto miner. This is the next stage in both Gryphon and Sphere 3D’s mission to develop operations with sustainability and ESG goals in mind.
The sales are conditional upon the seller receiving UNFCCC verification. The seller is in the process of finalizing the verification of CERs for its renewable energy facility under the United Nations’ Convention on Climate Change (“UNFCCC”) protocols. This process is anticipated to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2021.
It is estimated that with the size of current operations, Gryphon and Sphere 3D would remain carbon negative for at least the next 5 years with this purchase of credits alone. As explained by BlueSource, carbon emissions for any organization come from one of three scopes, depending on if you have direct ownership over the source of emissions (Scope One), if you operate facilities that contribute to emissions (Scope Two), or if other emissions are caused through your supply chains, employee commutes, etc (Scope Three). Gryphon’s core business already has a nonexistent carbon footprint due to the fact that it uses 100% renewable energy, but it acknowledges that it can do more. These carbon offset credits will be targeted at Scope Two and Scope Three emissions generated by the overseas delivery of cryptocurrency mining machines, as well as staff travel, meals at company meetings, and other miscellaneous emissions.
“We understand that carbon emissions extend way beyond the energy that a business uses, so even though we are 100% renewable already, there’s more that we can do,” explains Rob Chang, CEO at Gryphon Digital Mining. “These credits are our pledge to not only offset those additional emissions but to go beyond that and be carbon negative. We believe that members of the global ecosystem should strive to make the environment a better place with their presence in it, and not just sustain themselves.”
Gryphon Digital Mining has already taken several steps towards becoming an environmentally sustainable cryptocurrency miner, including signing the Crypto Climate Accord and making its commitment public. It is one of only four signatories currently, and positioned to be the first to achieve zero carbon emissions. Gryphon is working to be an industry leader in ESG-driven cryptocurrency operations, adhering to the best practices in Corporate Governance Principles to conduct its operation cleanly and responsibly. Its objective is to be the first vertically integrated and publicly traded crypto miner with a wholly-owned 100% renewable energy supply.