In accordance with our sustainability goals, we want our property portfolio to be net positive regarding biodiversity by 2030. Biodiversity means great species richness with great genetic variation. This goal poses major challenges for us. Still, we identify this area as very important. Biodiversity, together with the climate change, is crucial for the future.

Thinking through the design of the properties and plan for animals and nature already at an early stage has a positive effect on biodiversity in new construction. Even on existing properties, there are great opportunities to make room for eco-efficient space. A well-thought-out environment at the property is also a long-term quality assurance that makes the property more resistant to, for example, extreme weather.

Our handbook for measuring biodiversity

We have developed a handbook that describes how we work to measure and preserve eco-efficient surfaces. It also includes checklists of questions to ask in different types of projects.

The handbook is based on a green area factor (GYF) calculation. GYF is an accepted planning tool that reports the proportion of green space in relation to hard surfaces within a property or area. It also measures and ensures that green qualities are achieved and/or preserved during construction.

Examples of what we do

At our properties, we consider areas with different types of vegetation and character, such as pasture, wetland, woodland, grove, meadow, dry meadow, rockgarden, forest edge and erosion slope. Ponds, trenches and wetlands filter and purify water from pollution. They also prevent floods, erosion and drought.

We also create microclimates through birdhouses, beehives, cultivation areas, insect hotels and fauna depots.

At logistics facilities, there are often larger asphalt surfaces. These can often be used in a better way and it's possible to work with different types of permeable coating. These can often be used more efficiently and different types of permeable paving can be used.

Biodiversity benefits everyone

Systematic work with biodiversity will not only benefit the environment. It also results in a more pleasant working environment and a more attractive workplace. By taking overall responsibility as a property owner, we create the conditions for the tenants in our properties to be able to work as sustainably as possible.