Engineers, from left, Marty Bradley, Chris Droney and Zach Hoisington, design a future aircraft with greatly reduced fuel burn and environmental footprint. Boeing considers environmental performance measures throughout a product’s life cycle, starting with design and manufacturing, and extending through in-service use and end-of-service recycling and disposal. (Boeing photo)
In 2007, Boeing unveiled our first-ever five-year environmental performance targets: reducing energy use, carbon emissions, water intake and hazardous-waste generation by 1 percent on an absolute basis in our factories and offices.
At the time, we anticipated these goals would equal a 25 percent reduction on a revenue-adjusted basis. As detailed in the Results section, we surpassed the absolute targets. Given the unprecedented growth in our core business, we met the revenue-adjusted goals for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and hazardous waste, but missed the targets for energy use and water intake.
Looking ahead to the next five years, we remain committed to zero-carbon growth by continuing our environmental conservation efforts while ramping up production. Our goal is to achieve zero absolute growth in carbon emissions, water intake and solid waste sent to landfills, and zero revenue-adjusted growth in hazardous waste generation, by 2017.
Our framework for continued progress includes considering environmental performance measures throughout a product’s life cycle, starting with design and manufacturing and extending through in-service use and end-of-service recycling and disposal. We call this life cycle approach Design for Environment. It analyzes and reduces the environmental footprint at each phase of a product’s life.
Since most of an aircraft’s lifetime carbon emissions occur while in service, it is critical to design and build our products with sustainable technologies to reduce the environmental footprint and increase customer value.
With Design for Environment, engineers making design decisions consider environmental performance measures that will reduce energy use, carbon emissions, water intake, hazardous materials and noise, while increasing the use of sustainable materials.
Aerospace is a complex, interconnected global industry with equally complex environmental challenges. Over the next five years, Boeing will continue to collaborate with industry groups, suppliers and regulators to improve the environmental performance of global aviation.
Boeing is a leader in global efforts to accelerate the development of sustainable aviation biofuels, which offer a cleaner alternative to petroleum-based fuels, and to improve the efficiency and environmental performance of global air traffic management.
We will continue to work with the aerospace industry to reach the goal of recycling 90 percent of a retired airplane by 2016. Boeing was instrumental in forming the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association, which has grown to more than 40 members working to develop sustainable solutions to recycling aircraft at the end-of-service.