Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Boeing recognizes that climate change requires serious action. We have conducted an assessment of the environmental footprint across our value chain, including our greenhouse gas emissions profile. The greatest sources of greenhouse gas emissions for our industry are our products in use, followed by the supply chain and our company operations. Boeing is addressing the product-in-use emissions through a strategic three-tiered focus on airframe efficiency innovations, technology improvements to modernize the air traffic management system, and expanding the supply of sustainable aviation biofuel for the industry. We also are a leader in driving collaboration to make improvements for aerospace industry and partner with the communities where we live and work.
Within our own operations, we are taking action to reduce the company’s greenhouse gas emissions. From 2007 to 2012, Boeing’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions decreased by 9 percent on an absolute basis.
Boeing received the Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management Award for Goal Achievement from the EPA, in recognition of successfully managing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Greenhouse Gas Operation Footprint Goal
As our environmental programs have grown and matured, we are now expanding our greenhouse gas target beyond CO2 to the internationally recognized CO2-e (carbon dioxide equivalence) standard, by including methane and nitrogen dioxide. Boeing’s goal is to maintain our greenhouse gas emissions at or below 2012 levels, on an absolute basis, by 2017, thereby growing our business and limiting growth in our greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2013, Boeing’s greenhouse gas emissions were 1.30 million metric tons (1.43 million tons).
To continue to meet our commitment, we are investing in energy efficiency projects, expanding our use of renewable energy and implementing ideas generated by our employees.
Environmental Performance to Target
Greenhouse Gas Corporate Inventory
Our corporate greenhouse gas emissions fall into three categories: Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3, and go beyond our operational targets. Scope 2 emissions comprise the largest segment of our greenhouse gas emissions, followed by the direct emissions of our facilities and then our business travel.
Scope 1 emissions were 672,409 tons (610,000 metric tons) and cover our consumption of electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and the jet fuel used in our flight-test programs. Scope 2 emissions were 1,130,971 tons (1,026,000 metric tons) and focus on the sources of emissions related to our business such as transportation of parts and our purchased electricity. For Scope 3 emissions, we track the emissions associated with our business travel, which were 326,284 tons (296,000 metric tons).
Greenhouse Gas Scope 1 Emission Sources
In 2013, Boeing employees reduced commuting trips to and from work by more than 325 million miles, roughly equivalent to more than 679 round trips to the moon. In the average month, approximately 25 percent of Boeing employees use an alternative method to driving alone, such as carpooling, vanpooling, bus service or biking, to commute to work.
In 2013, Boeing was recognized by the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), for its leadership in Climate Disclosure on CDP's Standard & Poor's 500 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index.