HSQ Recruitment takes great pride in its active support of World Environment Day through our comprehensive Sustainability program, which is implemented in collaboration with our esteemed partner, Ecologi. This year, World Environment Day carries the powerful theme of 'Only One Earth,' serving as a clarion call to address the alarming deterioration of our environment and inspire global efforts towards positive ecological change. As responsible stewards of the planet, it is imperative that we take decisive action to safeguard our fragile ecosystems from the irreversible consequences of Global Warming, ensuring a brighter future for humanity.
Advancements in technology and scientific knowledge have provided us with a profound understanding of the accelerating pace at which we approach climate disasters. This heightened awareness underscores the critical role we all play as individuals and as a collective society in raising consciousness and compelling governments and private sectors to make transformative changes in order to protect our planet. The urgency is apparent, as we presently consume resources at a rate equivalent to 1.6 Earths, surpassing the regenerative capacity of our ecosystems. The imperative lies in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% before 2030 to mitigate the risk of global warming exceeding the threshold of 1.5°C in the next two decades.
Tragically, the repercussions of environmental degradation are felt far and wide, as we lose ecosystem services that amount to more than 10% of our global economic output annually. This impacts the well-being of approximately 3.2 billion people, representing 40% of the world's population. However, hope lies in our ability to restore 15% of converted lands while preventing the further conversion of natural ecosystems, a measure that can prevent up to 60% of projected species extinctions. Our recognition of the limited and delicate nature of Earth's resources has instilled in us an unwavering commitment to environmental protection, evident in our core value of "Simultaneous promotion of all interests," our comprehensive sustainability framework, and our unwavering dedication to environmentally responsible policies, programs, and practices.
As a company cognisant of the profound impact that the Civil Engineering Industry has on our natural environment, we understand the gravity of achieving sustainability within this sector. Leading the charge are larger Civil Engineering companies, spearheading the adoption of groundbreaking technologies and techniques designed to curtail greenhouse gas emissions. At HSQ, we proudly pledge to support and assist our clients on their own environmental journey, facilitating their transformation into environmentally positive entities.
Our support of the Backing Britain 3.0 initiative, an event organised by the esteemed Made in Group, serves as a testament to our dedication. By actively participating in this initiative, we contribute to the collective goal of achieving Net Zero by minimising our environmental impact through virtual exhibition stands, promoting the digital transformation of manufacturing industries. During this significant event, our Director, Andrew Pilling, wholeheartedly committed HSQ to a Net Zero future, aligning ourselves with countless manufacturing and engineering organisations determined to challenge the status quo and establish industry-leading best practices.
We firmly acknowledge the positive correlation between effective environmental management and corporate profitability. Environmental programs, thoughtfully designed to optimise the utilization of natural resources, yield the added benefit of minimising operating costs. Moreover, these initiatives contribute to the sustenance and enhancement of our presence and reputation within both domestic and international markets. In accordance with our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Commitments, we have proudly launched the HSQ Sustainability Program. This program ensures that every member of the HSQ Recruitment team conducts themselves in an environmentally responsible manner. As advocates of local and national green initiatives, we diligently reduce our carbon footprint through resource consumption reduction, active support of climate action via carbon offsets, effective waste management through the reuse of materials, conscientious procurement of recycled and eco-friendly materials, and proactive engagement as environmentally responsible neighbours in the communities we serve. We foster a culture that motivates our employees to personally assume accountability for protecting the environment while also offering unwavering support to our clients in their pursuit of their own green initiatives.
HSQ Recruitment takes great pride in its partnership with Ecologi, a collaboration that solidifies our commitment to environmental positivity. Ecologi's commendable endeavours focus on the restoration of wildlife in the UK's rivers and the promotion of natural woodland regeneration. Through their robust carbon offsetting initiatives and funding of climate projects, they have successfully facilitated the planting of over 39 million trees and the reduction of 1.7 million certified tonnes of CO2. Our partnership with Ecologi has already contributed to the introduction of more than 200 new trees and the offsetting of 9 tonnes of carbon dioxide. These figures are equivalent to the emissions produced by 7 long-haul flights, the distance travelled by car for 22,329 miles, and the preservation of 27 square meters of vital sea ice. Moving forward, HSQ is unwavering in its commitment to actively support environmentally positive initiatives such as Ecologi, continuously striving to uphold our net-zero pledge. We are resolute in our determination to foster an environmentally friendly ethos and combat global warming, not only for our benefit but also for the well-being of future generations.
HSQ Recruitment remains steadfast in its unwavering commitment to preserving our planet and promoting sustainable practices. Through our diverse initiatives and partnerships, we actively contribute to the global movement for environmental positivity. By recognising the interdependence of ecological well-being and corporate success, we are driven to implement impactful environmental management strategies. Together, with organisations like Ecologi and our clients, we forge a path towards a greener and more sustainable future, setting the stage for a harmonious coexistence with our planet.