2008 Environment Report Boeing
Environmentally Progressive

At Boeing, we have an ongoing legacy of integrating environmental performance improvements through technology advancements. Over the last 40 years, airplane CO2 emissions have been reduced by around 70 percent and the noise footprint area has been reduced by approximately 90 percent. That legacy continues today with every airplane we design and build.

Boeing’s newest airplanes, the 787 Dreamliner and the 747-8, exemplify the company’s dedication to environmental design innovation. Incorporating four innovative technologies—new engines, increased use of lightweight composite materials, high-efficiency systems applications, and modern aerodynamics—the 787 is designed for the environment with an impressive 20 percent improvement in fuel use and an equivalent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions compared to today’s similarly-sized airplanes. The 747-8 offers a 16 percent improvement in fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions over the 747-400.

We are also integrating environmentally progressive technologies in our current airplane programs. The Boeing 737, the most ordered and produced commercial passenger jet in the world, uses advanced technology Blended Winglets that lower fuel burn by as much as 4 percent, reduce noise on takeoff and approach, and reduce emissions through lower cruise thrust. In addition to being offered on new airplanes, winglets are also available on a retrofit basis by our joint venture partnership company Aviation Partners Boeing, providing environmental performance benefits to the existing fleet.

We have made continuous improvements to the Boeing 777 to lower fuel consumption, reduce emissions and reduce noise. The longer-range 777 airplanes (777-300ER, 777-200LR and 777 Freighter) incorporate wing and system modifications, as well as a new raked wingtip, that reduce airplane drag and improve overall aerodynamic efficiency.

Our Commercial Aviation Services division is driving further improvements through our integrated support and service offerings. We apply a lifecycle solutions approach to achieve operational and environmental performance improvements, resulting in increased fuel efficiency and reduced noise and emissions. For example, the Airplane Health Management (AHM) Performance Monitoring Module automates and enhances the process of fuel and carbon dioxide emissions performance monitoring by airline personnel. It applies advanced health management technology to identify conditions that may affect fuel performance and provides research tools and decision support information within the context of the overall airplane condition.

While the improvements we have made are significant, we believe we can do more. That’s why we have committed to improving the fuel efficiency of each new generation of commercial airplanes by at least 15 percent.