Last Saturday (5 June) was World Environment Day, with this year’s theme focusing on ‘ecosystem restoration’, shining a light on global efforts to help revive the natural environment.
For too long, we have been exploiting and destroying our planet’s ecosystems. Every three seconds, the world loses enough forest to cover a football pitch and over the last century we have destroyed half of our wetlands. As much as 50 per cent of our coral reefs have already been lost and up to 90 per cent of coral reefs could be lost by 2050, even if global warming is limited to an increase of 1.5°C.
Ecosystem restoration means preventing, halting and reversing this damage – to go from exploiting nature to healing it. And it can take many forms; from planting trees and supporting green spaces, to cleaning up coastlines and the world’s oceans.
The Norse Group is proud to operate a diverse range of services across the UK. However, we understand our activities will have a significant impact on the environment which we must control – ensuring that we can continue to help restore ecosystems in local communities across the country.
Many of our front-line teams actively do this every day, helping to maintain and support a wide range of sites including parks, gardens and farms to name just a few.
In addition, right across the Norse Group we are taking further steps towards a low carbon future – addressing wider environmental challenges posed by climate change.
From the resources we use, to the vehicles we operate and the buildings we occupy, we remain focused on doing our bit to control greenhouse gas emissions and our carbon footprint – creating a sustainable future for all.
To help support this, we are continuing to expand our fleet of electric vehicles and charging sites at our locations across the country, with our buildings also shifting towards low carbon heating and insulation solutions – reducing the demand for energy consumption.
Many of the day-to-day changes we have adapted to during the pandemic are also set to play a continuing role in future – such as reduced mileage travelled for meetings and site visits where appropriate, and where virtual alternatives are viable and equally productive.
The Group is also diving deeper into different sectors across our organisation – including Transport, Buildings and Waste – to help develop new ways of working in the years ahead, ensuring every part of our business is part of our collective drive to address the climate challenges of the future.
And, as we consider the importance of ecosystems on World Environment Day, let’s remember we all have a part to play in protecting our natural world.
Ecosystem restoration – facts and figures
- Restoration and other natural solutions can deliver one third of the mitigation needed by 2030 to keep global warming below 2C while also helping societies and economies adapt to climate change.
- Restoring 15% of converted lands in the right places could prevent 60% of projected species extinctions.
- Ecosystem restoration contributes to the achievement of all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals by their 2030 target date, including the elimination of poverty and hunger.