Ecosystem services

NCC develops products and concepts that promote ecosystem services, which are services and benefits that nature’s various ecosystems and organisms provides for humankind.

In concrete terms, this means that as early as possible in the planning of new projects we want to include the ecological values, as well as the social and economic values, in order to offer our customers more sustainable and attractive solutions.

NCC collaborates with c/o City

Since autumn 2012, we've had a partnership with c/o City, a collaborative and development project funded by Vinnova aimed at evolving tools and methods that strengthen the position of the green infrastructure.

Together with the City of Stockholm and the City of Malmö plus a range of players in architecture, technology, research and construction, we work actively to raise the profile of and quantify urban ecosystem services and develop tools for planning and follow-up.

The tools are aimed at creating a comprehensive toolbox to promote ecosystem services in urban environments and contribute to sustainable and attractive cities. 

What are ecosystem services?

Ecosystem services are all the benefits that nature gives us without us having to do anything.

The key is to preserve the biodiversity of genes, species and a variety of natural environments that together can deliver services such as cleaning water and air, stabilizing soil and pollinating our crops.

Ecosystem services are vital for our wellbeing and for a good quality of life in the built environment. They also play an ever increasing role in mitigating the effects of a changing climate.

Examples of ecosystem services: 

  • Vegetation and wetlands absorb surface water, retarding and evening out water flows.
  • Green roofs, vegetation on walls and porous ground surfaces take care of rainwater.
  • Trees and other vegetation regulate the temperature, clean the air and filter out particles.
  • Trees and bushes dampen noise and provide habitats for birds and pollinating insects, and support the production of fruit, berries and honey.
  • Flowers and other vegetation contribute to pollination, natural beauty and recreation.