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Citizens on CO2 Patrol

Today (January, 28th) is International Reducing CO2 Emissions Day and Clevernet wanted to write a few words about this event.


Paris Metro at night
Paris Metro at night (Feb 2019)

In 2015, the United Nations held the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, France.

The conference resulted in the adoption of the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The "Built Environment"

One sector that has the potential to significantly reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions is the commercial building sector, which includes office buildings and hotels.

Modern buildings are designed and built to the highest standards of sustainability. It is therefore important that the building is operated to the highest standards ensuring low carbon emissions and a healthy environment for the building’s occupants.

Tenants are increasingly concerned about the environmental and social impacts of their business operations.

Well-designed sustainable buildings can deliver:

  • Improved employee health;

  • Wellbeing and productivity and;

  • Enhanced employee attraction and retention.

A 2020 report into the Central London Office market published by JLL showed:

BREEAM ‘outstanding’ buildings recorded rent premiums of between 4% and 11% and enjoyed 100% pre-leasing compared to 50% for standard properties.


When Glasgow hosted COP26 in 2021, I incorrectly assumed what the acronym meant , only to find out the actual explanation (Conference of the Parties) on an episode of "The Chase" (I need to go on this and test myself). Obviously, COP26 was much closer to home than Paris and was headline news for months, ahead of the actual event.

Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (COP)

Police vehicles in New Orleans
Police vehicles in New Orleans (Feb 2018)

Police Academy 4 was the first VHS cassette tape I owned, winning the video in the late 1980s at a raffle, possibly in school. The ironic fact of this considerable childhood raffle ticket victory was that we didn't get our first VHS player until 1990, meaning the COP video just sat on a shelf gathering dust.

Imagine my delight when we went to CS Stores in Belfast to buy a new JVC video player and I finally got to watch the comedy classic, our family had finally joined the VHS revolution, only 14 years after JVC had launched the new gadget!

2 VHS video tapes
Old VHS video tapes

We were always late to the market with technology, the "late majority" as classified by the technology adoption curve. My parents waited for years for any and every "technology to mature” and had to read a dozen Which "best buy guides" before deciding. I am much more impulsive with my gadget purchases.

Now that was an epic #segue from CO2 to Police Academy, coincidentally an idea that came to me first thing last Sunday morning and that's how my brain works... #random

Citizens on CO2 Patrol

The Police Academy franchise has long since been retired (our loss), but you too can be a Citizen on CO2 Patrol (see what I did there?); a patrol related to CO2 Emissions for your building, and we would love to join you on this journey with the help of our Ecco platform. Clevernet will consult and support you, and we provide data points to prove your journey to more sustainable buildings. Let's talk and join the Green Building revolution!

You too can be a Citizen on Patrol; a patrol related to CO2 Emissions for your building.

We are here to help you with this journey, let's talk and join the Green-building party,

Ed (


Images are my own, no ChatGPT was used in this blog.

(Ed 3:0 ChatGPT)

If anyone was a fan of the Police Academy franchise, Larvell 'Motor Mouth' Jones, aka Michael Winslow, really could make all those incredible sounds. As a kid watching the films, I always thought this was sound effects. Years later some friends of mine said he was touring, and they had been to see him and his talent was genuine and verified! He is touring again, go check him out.

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