Liverpool aims to be climate positive by 2021

Liverpool City Council has signed a partnership with a leading eco-digital company in a bid to make Liverpool the world’s first climate positive city by the end of 2020

The agreement with the Poseidon Foundation is to integrate its blockchain-powered platform into the city’s day-to-day operations.

Poseidon’s technology offsets the carbon impact of any product or service by transparently supporting essential forest conservation projects, allowing individuals, organisations and governments to reverse the impact of climate change every day through their activities.

Poseidon will be moving its operations to the city in order to play a key role in Liverpool’s new climate positive strategy, which will be trialled over the next 12 months.

Since 2012, Liverpool has cut over 558,000 tonnes of CO2 production at a rate of 70,000 tonnes per year. The authority has a major stake in Liverpool’s transport infrastructure with holdings in the city’s cruise terminal and airport and is currently overseeing a plan to take away 700,000 dead miles in bus journeys in the city centre.

Poseidon, who is already working closely with Liverpool company BAC Mono to create the world’s first climate positive car, will work with local schools, universities and businesses to develop educational programmes around climate impact that will play a vital role in the council’s commitment to cut its overall carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 2030.

Liverpool City Council is committed to becoming the first climate positive authority in the world by the end of 2018 and ultimately leading to the first climate positive city in the world by the end of 2020.

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, said: “Liverpool City Council has a significant carbon footprint because of all the services we provide be it street lighting, the running of countless properties like St George’s Hall or the Arena and our fleet of vehicles. We are already making significant strides to reduce our impact by 40 per cent by 2030, but that is not enough and partnering with Poseidon – whose potential for growth as a business is hugely exciting – means we can explore radical new ways to do more.”

Laszlo Giricz, founder and CEO of Poseidon, said: “This is a ground-breaking partnership, not just for Poseidon and Liverpool, but globally. For the first time, a city will use blockchain technology to go beyond rebalancing its carbon footprint – leading the way in the fight against climate change. 

Liverpool City Council has a long-term commitment to reducing its carbon footprint. It is currently installing over 15,000 energy-saving white LED streetlights across 2,000 streets, reducing streetlight energy consumption by 82 per cent.

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