Decentralized Finance

Ethereum, a decentralized, open-source blockchain featuring smart contract functionality, presents an ideal financial market for fostering pollution finance. Its unique characteristics, including low energy usage, global availability, and widespread adoption, make it a compelling platform for startups and innovators in the pollution finance sector.

Compared to Bitcoin (~120 TWh/year), Ethereum (~0.0026 TWh/year) consumes 99.9% less energy across the entire global network to secure transactions on the ledger. Staking on Ethereum is a process that allows users to earn rewards by depositing ETH into the network. In return, users receive a portion of the block rewards proportional to their stake. Unlike a savings account, staking on Ethereum has the potential to be fully decentralized and non-custodial, as long as the underlying validators are. This means that users maintain full control of their funds at all times. In order to stake, users must deposit a minimum of 32 ETH into the network. This is known as a validator. Validators are responsible for processing transactions and securing the network. Validators are rewarded for their work with a portion of the block rewards proportional to their stake. Validators are also penalized for malicious behavior. This ensures that the network remains secure and reliable.

Ethereum ValidatorsEarth EtherExchangesRocket PoolLido FinanceSelf
Staking Requirements0.1 ETHLose Custody0.1 ETH0.1 ETH32 ETH
Staker Rewards5% + Impact4.3%3.5%3.9%4.9%
Node Requirements3 ETH + RegenN/A7 ETH + $10k RPLN/A32 ETH
Node OperatorsUp to 10,00012270301
Secure Staking*YesNoNoNoNo

Today, a large portion of Ethereum is staked on centralized protocols or exchanges, which Earth Ether solves by utilizing a novel smart contract protocol which enables anyone to participate as Earth Nodes, and join a decentralized community dedicated to the next phase of Ethereum's journey, regenerative finance.