The Transportation Sector, Cap-and-Trade and Blockchain: A Carbon Credit Trading Platform

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The Transportation Sector, Cap-and-Trade and Blockchain: A Carbon Credit Trading Platform


This study offers a solution that facilitates direct trading of carbon credits with no intermediaries by using blockchain technology aligned with the cap-and-trade system. With this solution, along with other major transformations in the industry, the transportation sector can take more ownership of emissions and mitigate the impact of its role as the largest contributor of greenhouse gasses. The solution sits at the confluence of the Cap-and-Trade initiative, carbon credit trading, and blockchain technology. Although the concept of blockchains has been the subject of significant curiosity, scrutiny, boosterism, investment, criticism, it most importantly is at the core of useful, rapidly growing innovations. The technology is critical because it removes the need for costly intermediaries for the successful functioning of complex systems. More specifically, the technology has demonstrated that value and asset trading can take place securely and meticulously in the absence of middlemen such as financial intermediaries and other brokers. This study shows how a democratized trading system for carbon credit trade can be constructed in which the parties conduct trades directly, with no third-party involvement, speeding up the process and potentially making it more secure and efficient. This intersection of cap-and-trade and blockchain may increase global participation in peer-to-peer exchange, which will help increase universal participation in carbon offset credits trading and allow the transportation sector to contribute actively to both short- and long-term climate change solutions.



Aditya Mankar is a software engineer with expertise in enterprise software development and system design and a specialization in Blockchain technology and distributed systems. The author's career commenced with a five-year tenure at Scientific Games, where he made valuable contributions to the game development industry. Subsequently, the author embarked on an academic journey, culminating in the attainment of a Master's degree in Computer Science from California State University, Long Beach.


Dr. Golshani is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a Lifetime Fellow of IEEE, and a Fellow of AAIA. He served as Dean of the California State University – Long Beach (CSULB) College of Engineering from 2007 to 2020. Currently, he is a Commissioner on the Los Angeles County Aviation Commission and a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at CSULB. Previously, he was NCR Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Wright University in Ohio, a Center Director and Professor at Arizona State University, and a Research Fellow at Imperial College in London. The author of more than 200 articles, Golshani served as the editor-in-chief of IEEE MultiMedia and on its editorial board, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, and other scholarly publications. He has registered 10 U.S. and two international patents and has founded several successful startups. 

April 2024
Environmental quality
Legislation and regulation
Carbon offset credit



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