Reducing Our Environmental Footprint
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At our operations in the United States, Boeing has set the following revenue-adjusted targets for the period between 2007 and 2012:
- 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
- 25 percent reduction in energy consumption.
- 25 percent reduction in water intake.
- 25 percent reduction in hazardous waste generation.
At the time these targets were established, Boeing projected that achieving these goals would equate to an approximate 1 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, water intake and hazardous waste generation during a time of significant growth.
In addition, we committed to increasing the amount of solid waste diverted from landfills to 75 percent, measured on an absolute basis, for the period between 2007 and 2012. Waste is diverted from landfills through a combination of recycling, composting and energy recovery programs.
Since establishing these targets, Boeing has announced increases in production rates for all commercial airplane models. We also added major new manufacturing operations, including the Boeing South Carolina 787 production facilities and the Portland-PDX facility for painting twin-aisle airplanes in Oregon.
Although these changes put pressure on our ability to meet our revenue adjusted targets, Boeing continues to believe that we will be able to achieve an absolute reduction in our environmental footprint at the same time that we increase our manufacturing production.
For full details of our environmental performance, see the Measuring Our Progress section of this report.