The wide and up-to-date knowledge we have on nature is the driver of our research and development work. We share and improve our know-how through different cooperation projects such as the Virtual Verdue Project, which reforms the idea of green infrastructure. We develop and create new solutions with thought, enthusiasm and on the terms of nature.
We are working for more sustainable and communal urban living conditions. We are observing by experiments the optimal ways to combine ecologically produced structures with a functional city with the aim of preserving residents’ well-being. For example, we are developing the Wooden Outdoor Green Wall, in which it is possible to grow local food.
We are developing natural and research based solutions for urban runoff management. For instance, green walls can filter microplastics from urban runoff based on our observation. Currently, we are examining the best ways to include urban runoff management in our products. The latest results of our research will be published in autumn 2021.
Rainwater or meltwater that runs unrestrainedly down the streets is a major problem for a city. Urban runoff water that is unfiltered carries the dirt and pollutants of the streets with it, thus it also causes environmental burden. Natural solutions for urban runoff management are essential elements of the future’s city. However, the solutions will not be possible to develop without thorough scientific research.
The greenhouse gases emitted in cities hasten climate change and deteriorate citizens’ wellbeing. There are challenges in sustainable urbanization but the ways for achieving carbon neutral cities are already within reach. Long Xie, our researcher, tells how green infrastructure can boost the development of cities.
Companies have benefited greatly from nature and now the time has come for companies to help nature in return. The societal progression that has had the biggest effect on biodiversity has been the increase in consumption . Now is the time to wake up and realise that companies’ actions are greatly needed. Companies have a multitude of possibilities to guard nature values more effectively. Switching to circular economy solutions in manufacturing goods and services, and demanding ecological actions from cooperation partners, to name but a few. The biodiversity catastrophe we are undergoing is possible to tackle but it requires cooperation and genuine contributions.