Global warming crisis solved by Liverpool City Council with racing cars on the blockchain

Julian Todd made this Freedom of Information request to Liverpool City Council

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Dear Liverpool City Council,

On 19 July 2018 it was reported on the Liverpool Express website that:[1]

"The city council has signed an agreement with The Poseidon Foundation (“Poseidon”) Poseidon to integrate its ground-breaking blockchain-powered platform into its day to day operations... 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."

From the descriptions available, the proposal appears to replicate the Carbon Card project that was run by Liverpool City Council for four years from 2010 with a budget of £2million, from which I assume lessons were learned and incorporated into this thing.

I have scoured everywhere on the council documents and meetings webpages[2] and cannot find a single trace of this agreement, what it is, or what it is about.

Accordingly, could you please either direct me to a place on the Council website where the contents of the agreement signed with Poseidon is recorded, or send me a copy of it by email.


Yours faithfully,

Julian Todd

Community Services, Liverpool City Council

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Our reference: 612149

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T Harrison left an annotation ()

For information, Livesmart Ltd was the company handling the Liverpool Carbon Card scheme:

Josie Mullen left an annotation ()

Livesmart Ltd.....interesting.....last accounts

2012....Net Liabilities £2,116,292

Company dissolved Sept 2013

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Can anyone find a follow-up report on this Carbon Card project that has some lessons learned that would be of use to any subsequent projects? I've drawn a blank in my search.

If someone sets up a new project to do the same thing as before, they have to be interested in the reasons for previous failures, or they obviously not really trying to make it succeed.

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Dear Information Requests,

Thank you for this complete response.

The only action on part of the Council which I can find in this MoU is in Annex A Project Overview:

"2. The Authority to review its business activities and that of its companies as to how it can incorporate a sustainable carbon positive platform into its businesses working with Poseidon for the purposes of the Project."

Unfortunately there's no schedule for this action, while the press release stated that it would be " trialled over the next 12 months".

I'll try to remember to check back in January (at the 6 month point) to see how this review has got on.

Yours sincerely,

Julian Todd