Imke - Urban spaces for bees
by Union Investment
Giving wings to sustainability
In addition to long-term value appreciation, we always focus on the sustainability of our properties and the associated benefits for the environment and society. Germany’s building sector is responsible for a good 30 per cent of CO² emissions. The real estate industry thus bears a particular responsibility and its actions can have a positive impact. We are therefore constantly trying to improve the sustainability performance of our properties. Even small steps can make a difference here, such as our Imke Project.
The Imke beekeepers
Before the bees were installed, the beekeepers inspected all locations for suitability. They will also check on our honey bees at regular intervals throughout the year. A beekeeper’s tasks include monitoring health and development, treating illnesses and preparing the bees for winter. As part of our ecological and sustainable concept, the bees winter on their own honey. Our beekeepers therefore only harvest surplus honey, which we then gift to our staff, partners or customers.
Moving in- Bees on the roof of the EMPORIO (Video)
Peaceful, hard-working and indispensable
Aside from the importance of bees to humankind, we have a fundamental responsibility to preserve biodiversity, and therefore bees, on our planet. After all, the problems are man-made: agricultural monocultures, pesticide pollution and the spread of the varroa mite due to human intervention are all affecting bee populations. Imke is making a small but important contribution to stabilising these populations in Germany.