Green areas and waterways – the urban ecosystem services – provide much value and many functions that are necessary for us to be able to live and thrive in our cities. It is about tangible services such as storm water management, noise protection, thermal conditioning, air purification and the beneficial effects that green areas have on people’s health and wellbeing.
Future environmental solutions for sustainable urban supply systems include a combination of technical solutions and urban ecosystem services. We need to develop methods to identify the needs of cities. We also need to map out how ecosystem services can contribute to the solutions and develop the innovation potential in these solutions.
Ongoing work on ecosystem services:
The BiodiverCity project focused on developing commercial green solutions by creating consortia of companies for the development of innovations in the blue-green area. This work has then been continued in the Blue-Green City Lab.
Blue Green City Lab
The Blue Green City Lab is a test bed where companies with blue-green solutions can get their products verified by independent experts. Products that may be tested include, for example, new types of green ceilings, green facades, stormwater management and / or training facilities.