RegionCity’s work with ecological sustainability concerns a large number of issues, from reducing carbon dioxide emissions to ensuring that bees and other insects thrive in the urban environment.
Western Sweden’s leading energy company, Göteborg Energi, and Chalmers University of Technology both assist us in issues such as natural resources and energy, environmental certification of our buildings and how the entire district interacts with its surroundings.
Environmental consultants Melica help us with flora and fauna. In 2014 we joined forces and utilised an untapped space within the station roof to create a beehive. Bees may sound like small fry within the larger environmental perspective, but the fact is that bees makes a big effort for a city’s ecosystem.
Bees in an urban environment produce more honey than bees in the countryside because the city actually offers a greater variety of flowering plants than rural areas do. Along with bumblebees and other insects, bees provide pollination, which in turn allows for better food production. In particular, bees are experts at creating a comfortable and sustainable environment.
A sustainable city requires vegetation and green structures that can cope with future climate change. If we help the bees, they will help us.
Together with Bee Urban we have made three short films about bees, pollination and ecosystems, providing a brief explanation of why bees and other pollinators are crucial to human survival.
The first film is about bees, beekeeping and everyday life in a beehive, (in Swedish).
Film number two gives answers to why we need bees and pollinating insects, (in Swedish).
And the last film concerns ecosystems and biodiversity, (in Swedish).
This was proven by a nature inventory of the station area that the environmental consultants at Melica conducted. Based on their findings, we have agreed on action plans to achieve increased biodiversity within RegionCity. Read more in these two reports:
Report 1 as pdf (in Swedish)
Report 2 as pdf (in Swedish)