Reducing Our Environmental Footprint
We have set aggressive environmental performance targets, including a new target for conserving water, which was adopted in April 2010. As with our other environmental performance targets, 2007 was established as the baseline year for our five-year water conservation effort.
At our major manufacturing facilities in the United States, Boeing has set the following targets for the period between 2007 and 2012:
- 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (on a revenue-adjusted basis).
- 25 percent reduction in energy consumption (on a revenue-adjusted basis).
- 25 percent reduction in water consumption (on a revenue-adjusted basis).
- 25 percent reduction in hazardous waste generation (on a revenue-adjusted basis).
- 25 percent improvement in solid waste recycling rates (on a total or "absolute" basis).
We are currently on track to achieve each of these targets. While aggressive, they will ensure that we conserve valuable resources.
In 2009, we recycled 68 percent of the waste we generated, up from 64 percent the previous year. We reduced energy consumption by 0.3 percent, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 0.3 percent. Hazardous waste generation increased, reflecting an increase in airplane production compared to 2008, which was affected by a labor strike. Despite the increase, we outperformed our 2009 plan to minimize hazardous waste.