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Veridium to Use IBM Blockchain Technology to Create Social and Environmental Impact Tokens

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"For years, we've been trying to mitigate environmental impacts at every point in the value chain, however previous solutions still presented significant complexities and costs. Our work with IBM is the first step in dramatically simplifying the accounting and offsetting processes, and therefore ultimately helping reduce costs," said Todd Lemons, CEO & Co-Founder of Veridium. "Our digital environmental assets are designed to help companies and institutional investors purchase and use carbon credits to mitigate their environmental impacts today, and even hedge their potential carbon liabilities risks in the future."

"By using a public, permissioned blockchain network, we can help Veridium create a new sustainable marketplace that is good for business and good for the world," said Bridget van Kralingen, Senior Vice President, IBM Industry Platforms and Blockchain. "This is a great example of how industries are being reinvented by blockchain, in this case establishing a far more efficient and transparent approach to carbon accounting and offsetting that will empower individuals and companies to play a role in improving our environment."

Many companies purchase third party carbon credits. But the process of measuring those emissions throughout a complex supply chain can be confusing and costly. Purchasing these financial instruments is often equally complex.

Blockchain based digital assets, or tokens, can enable innovative ways to buy and use the underlying carbon offset since they can move and settle swiftly across networks. Tokenization provides increased trust and integrity in the flow of information among trading partners and network participants. Further, integrating the entire process of carbon accounting and offsetting into a digital token on a public, permissioned blockchain network can help make measuring environmental impact, transferring ownership rights, and redeeming the underlying carbon offset more efficient.

The Veridium-issued token will be a new way to address the challenges of global warming. One of the biggest causes of concern is deforestation, impacted by the heavy carbon footprint of mankind. In the past 50 years, the world has lost more than 50 percent of its agricultural land to urban and industrial development; nearly 40 percent of the world's biodiverse tropical forests have been converted to industrial agriculture; and up to 80 percent of the world's fresh water is contaminated.

Veridium plans for its initial tokens to represent carbon accounting and offsetting backed by environmental assets, including Triple Gold REDD+ credits from InfiniteEARTH, another Envision company. InfiniteEARTH authored the first REDD+ forest carbon accounting methodology, a protocol now embodied in the UN Paris Agreement. InfiniteEARTH's Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve on the island of Borneo in Indonesia is a 250-square mile rainforest reserve that includes the largest privately funded orangutan sanctuary in the world and home to over 100 other threatened and endangered species.

The collaboration with Veridium is one of many IBM is advancing where new asset backed instruments are being used to transform business. The IBM Institute for Business Value has issued a new Expert Insights paper detailing additional ways tokenization is impacting business, "Moving to a Token-Driven Economy."

About Veridium
Veridium is an Environmental FinTech company producing disruptive sustainability solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Visit www.veridium.io

About IBM
IBM is recognized as the leading enterprise blockchain provider. The company's research, technical and business experts have broken barriers in transaction processing speeds, developed the most advanced cryptography to secure transactions, and are contributing millions of lines of open source code to advance blockchain for businesses. IBM is the leader in open-source blockchain solutions built for the enterprise.

IBM has worked with hundreds of clients across financial services, supply chain, government, retail, digital rights management and healthcare to implement blockchain applications, and operates a number of networks running live and in production.

The cloud-based IBM Blockchain Platform delivers the end-to-end capabilities that clients need to quickly activate and successfully develop, operate, govern and secure their own business networks. IBM is an early member of Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. For more information about IBM Blockchain, visit https://www.ibm.com/blockchain/ or follow us on Twitter at @ibmblockchain.

The IBM business model is built to support two principal goals: helping clients succeed in delivering business value by becoming more innovative, efficient and competitive through the use of business insight and information technology (IT) solutions; and, providing long-term value to shareholders. The business model has been developed over time through strategic investments in capabilities and technologies that have the best long-term growth and profitability prospects based on the value they deliver to clients. The company's strategy is to focus on the high-growth, high-value segments of the IT industry. The company's global capabilities include services, software, hardware, fundamental research and financing. The broad mix of businesses and capabilities are combined to provide business insight and solutions for the company's clients.

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