BBVA and Siemens join blockchain platforms to promote the technology in banking and energy sectors

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The European Commission (EC) has organised a blockchain forum in Brussels and BBVA is one of the one of the first five banks to be invited to join the forum’s launch of the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (IATBA), a European platform to promote the use of blockchain.

In order to not miss out on the trend, the EC has called representatives from public institutions, governments, and the private sector in the conference ‘Uniting EU Industries to lead blockchain technologies.’ BBVA was one of the EU enterprises invited to take part in this debate forum.

The EC invited representatives to foster innovation and harness the possibilities enabled by the blockchain technology in Europe. Carlos Kuchkovsky, head of research and development new digital business of BBVA joined Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for digital economy and society, and Roberto Viola, director-general of DG CONNECT at the European Commission in a roundtable.

Kuchkovsky highlighted the importance of this project in terms of establishing blockchain best practice and standards and at avoiding fragmentation on a European level. He stated that blockchain is not only a technology, but it gives rise to new business models creating a “tokenised economy” and “paving the way to a decentralised economy in the future.”

BBVA is one of the five banks invited by the EC to join this partnership, due to its interest and experience in the usage of blockchain and distributed ledger technology.

In the energy sector, Siemens’ Divisions Energy Management and Power Generation Services have joined the Energy Web Foundation (EWF) to accelerate the commercial deployment of blockchain technology in the energy sector. The EWF is the leading alliance for blockchain developments specifically for the energy industry’s needs, having a growing membership of corporate affiliates, technology partners and strategic investors active in the energy industry.

As part of the EWF organisation, the aim of Siemens is to proactively shape the future of blockchain-based, transactive energy applications, new prosumer-centric use cases and business models around operation of distributed energy systems, microgrids and financing.

Interested in hearing leading global brands discuss subjects like this in person? Find out more at the Blockchain Expo World Series, Global, Europe and North America.

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