We are committed to continuously reducing our environmental footprint. During 2008 we plan to drive improvements into our core operations in three key ways.
We will certify all major Boeing manufacturing sites to the International Organization for Standardization 14001 environmental management system standard (ISO 14001) by the end of 2008 to help reduce pollution and waste and improve energy efficiency and recycling rates. ISO 14001 is considered a global benchmark of an organization’s commitment to understand and continuously improve its environmental performance. It will provide the foundation of a common environmental management system for the entire company and allow a better comparison of performance at different locations.
Three Boeing facilities—Exmouth in Australia; Everett, Wash.; and Portland, Ore.—have already achieved the certification and documented improvements in environmental performance. For example, our Everett facility saved 15,800 MMBTUs of energy by implementing projects to reduce natural gas usage and 6,000 megawatt hours of energy through electrical system improvements. Combined, these energy-saving projects equaled reductions of more than 2,040 tonnes (2,249 tons) of greenhouse gas emissions in 2007.
Lean+, a set of continuous improvement principles and practices, is a natural ally of the environment. While not strictly an environmental program, its key components include increasing operational efficiency, minimizing waste and conserving resources. We are applying Lean+ across the company and its value stream. Through the relentless prevention and elimination of waste and replication of best practices across the company, even relatively small efficiency gains add up to yield impressive results. In just four years, we have reduced our hazardous waste output by 42 percent, electricity use by 21 percent and water use by 19 percent.
Between 1999 and 2005, Lean+ improvements have produced notable results in specific areas:
We are working to ensure that materials used in our products, services and operations, including metals and composites, are recycled for high-value industrial uses. We also reduce and recycle everyday materials, including paper and packaging, and are identifying waste reduction opportunities such as paper-free work processes.
And recycling goes beyond our operations. That’s why in 2006 we brought 19 companies into a common industry working group called the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA). The AFRA network provides the most complete set of tools for aircraft owners to deal with the end-of-life of their equipment—now and in the future. The association’s members share a commitment to improving older fleet asset management and fostering the recovery and the safe and environmentally progressive reuse of aerospace materials. In less than two years, member organizations have:
Our objectives for aircraft recycling include offering airline customers end-of-life and maintenance options that will resell planes that are fit to return to service; offering safe parts recovery; scrapping and recycling planes that are not fit for service; and greatly improving materials recovery from retired planes and manufacturing scrap.