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DeFi hype has just begun says Neo founder

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The hype around DeFi is not fading away and is only just beginning, said Neo founder Da Hongfei, during a live stream on China’s Hub on Sept. 25.

Da said DeFi created a process in just a few years that traditional finance took hundreds of years to perfect. DeFi projects are now experimenting with all sorts of financial products and services. He added that:

“Lending and borrowing, decentralized exchanges, insurance and all kinds of derivatives are on the rise in DeFi. The initial stage DeFi infrastructure has a solid good start, and now it is time to see more and more applications to be built and innovated on DeFi.”

According to Da, DeFi has brought numerous new possibilities in the financial arena, including creating a new type of asset that allows users to access cash at any time. DeFi, Da said, will have a significant impact on future economic life. He predicts people will not need banks in the future as they turn towards DeFi services. And this scenario may already be happening. Using China as an example, Da said:

“Chinese people have done this more or less, probably dealing with banks, dealing with Alipay and WeChat, at least doing this kind of financial behavior without going to the bank.”

Da, and Binance co-founder He Yi, revealed in the live stream that Neo and Binance are actively looking into DeFi applications. One such application is Flamingo, an interoperable, full-stack DeFi protocol built on the Neo blockchain. It allows users to participate as traders, stakers, and liquidity providers. Binance has announced it listed Flamingo on its launch pool on Sept. 23. Both are also looking to build DeFi infrastructure further.

As Cointelegraph previously reported, China’s state-endorsed public blockchain is looking into building a regulatory compliance platform that can bridge global DeFi applications and government regulations.



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Enjin joins Crypto Climate Accord, goes carbon negative

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Enjin, a blockchain gaming and nonfungible token platform, has stepped up to decarbonize its footprint by joining the Crypto Climate Accord, a move that adds further credibility to the industry’s growing environmental mandate. 

The Crypto Climate Accord is backed by 20 firms from the blockchain, fin-tech and greentech industries. Inspired by the 195-signatory Paris Climate Agreement, the Accord was established in April to address the “large and growing energy consumption of cryptocurrency and blockchain, and the climate impact of their energy use.”

Enjin claims that its JumpNet blockchain has already achieved carbon-negative status nine years ahead of schedule. In March, the company said it planned to enable carbon-neutral NFTs by 2030.

“The creation of new forms of technology should never come at the cost of destroying our environment,” said Enjin CEO Maxim Blagov. “Carbon neutrality for JumpNet is an important step toward our vision of a sustainable NFT ecosystem for Enjin and our partners.”

In addition to decarbonizing newly created tokens, Enjin’s environmental sustainability plan includes supporting the tokenization of the physical economy and decarbonizing existing digital assets. Other measures include upgrading to carbon-neutral nodes and incentivizing carbon reduction technologies.

Environmental concerns have virtually hijacked Bitcoin’s narrative this year, with the likes of Elon Musk casting shade over carbon-intensive mining. The Tesla CEO briefly embraced Bitcoin earlier this year before deciding that BTC payments are no longer acceptable due to environmental risks. Now, he states that his firm is willing to accept payments of the virtual currency, provided there’s more evidence for sustainable mining.

Related: Elon Musk lays out when Tesla will begin accepting Bitcoin payments

Other environmental sustainability efforts within crypto are also underway. As Cointelegraph reported, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss’ Gemini exchange has purchased carbon credits to reduce Bitcoin’s carbon footprint. Separately, U.S. miner Stronghold Digital Miner recently announced that it raised $105 million to divert waste coal to cryptocurrency mining.