Hotline set up by Inner Mongolia to report suspected crypto users

Hotline set up by Inner Mongolia to report suspected crypto users

The public has been informed by inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Development and Reform commission, that in reporting any outlying cryptocurrency operations in the region, that there is a direct way.

Collectively accounted for 7.71% of the global Bitcoin (BTC) hash rate between Sept. 2019 and April 2020, , Inner Mongolia was once home to a vast network of crypto mining operators

Chinese authorities have increasingly scrutinized the coal-rich region of Inner Mongolia, where plentiful and cheap electricity remains reliant on fossil fuels and which is part of part of Beijing’s increasingly proactive and ambitious agenda to reduce carbon emissions. Inner Mongolia approved the highest amount of new capacity for coal-fired power plants between 2016 and 2020 of any DRC in China, according to A Greenpeace report from the end of March of this year.

Today’s announcement makes it clear that regional authorities are attempting to turn the tide on the energy front, in part by strengthening their crackdown on illegal and energy-intensive crypto mining operations. A dedicated telephone hotline, email and mail service will provide the local public with a reporting method they can use to inform authorities of any suspected crypto mining activity in the region.

The announcement notes that suspected entities may be masquerading as data centers and enjoying preferential policies in tax, land and electricity prices whilst illicitly engaging in cryptocurrency mining.

The creation of the hotline is just the latest in local authorities’ bid to get a handle on residual mining operations in their jurisdiction. In August 2020, officials considered implementing a policy that would prevent crypto miners from using inexpensive, state-subsidized electricity. By March of this year, a draft proposal proposed to “comprehensively clean up and shut down virtual currency mining projects” by the end of April. Today’s announcement echoes the same wording, indicating that the region is committed to reversing its earlier failures to meet energy-saving targets set by Beijing.

 

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