Looking to the Future
Jim McNerney, chairman, president and CEO, The Boeing Company, and Kim Smith, vice president, Boeing Environment, Health and Safety
Five years ago, we set ambitious goals to reduce our environmental footprint while significantly growing our business.
Thanks to the dedication and hard work of everyone at Boeing, we met those goals, and are prepared to make further progress in the years ahead.
During a five-year period in which we developed two fuel-efficient new airplanes and increased aircraft deliveries by more than 50 percent, we also significantly reduced CO2 emissions, energy use, hazardous-waste generation and water consumption within our operations. And we did this while opening a major new manufacturing facility, creating more than 13,000 new jobs and increasing annual revenues to a record $81.7 billion.
As a result of our conservation efforts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized our progress and named Boeing an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for 2013 -- the third consecutive year we earned the recognition.
This is the type of sustainable growth that Boeing is committed to as we look toward our second century.
We are targeting zero-carbon growth over the next five years as our business continues to expand. The goal for our factories and operations is zero absolute growth in CO2 emissions, water intake and solid waste sent to landfills, and zero revenue-adjusted growth in hazardous materials, by 2017.
Our environmental performance extends well beyond the walls of our facilities. Boeing is researching and developing new technologies that will help define the next generation of cleaner, quieter and more fuel-efficient airplanes.
The 737 MAX, currently in development, features a 13 percent smaller carbon footprint than today’s Next-Generation 737 -- which already is the most fuel-efficient airplane in its class.
Our new 787 Dreamliner and the 747-8 aircraft offer a double-digit carbon footprint reduction compared to the airplanes they replace, and we are in discussions with customers on the 777X, a new derivative aircraft that is expected to provide the lowest fuel consumption per seat of any airplane in commercial service.
In September we completed the first round of flight testing in our ecoDemonstrator project, which will help speed development of environmentally progressive products, materials and designs.
Earlier this year, the Phantom Eye took to the skies for its third test flight. The unmanned, high-altitude aircraft runs on clean-burning hydrogen and leaves only water vapor in the atmosphere. We also completed flight testing of the X-48C, a research aircraft that effectively blends body and wing into a single unit that holds the promise of greater fuel efficiency and less noise.
Moving forward, Boeing is continuing its leadership role on global efforts to help the commercial aviation industry achieve the goal of carbon-neutral growth by 2020. We are working with international partners to move the development of sustainable aviation biofuels from testing to production to everyday use. We’re engaged with the global industry to reduce hazardous chemicals used in our products and improve the efficiency of the global air traffic network, which will significantly reduce emissions.
We also continuously invest in breakthrough technologies to meet our customers’ demand for precision performance coupled with game-changing environmental improvements.
In a time of rapid change, Boeing is committed to responsible environmental leadership and sustainable growth -- building a better Boeing and helping build a better planet.