As a foundation, in 2008 we included, for the first time, challenging five-year environmental performance targets in the standard business plans of our operating units. At Boeing we know that to truly improve, you must first measure accurately, then set targets and finally, hold yourself accountable to beat them.
Boeing is an innovation leader, and our most critical contribution to protecting our ecosystems is—and will continue to be—bringing new technologies to market that improve the environmental performance of our air, land, space and network products as well as our support services and operations.
We also have a responsibility to be good stewards of our environment and good neighbors. We are committed to continuously reducing the environmental impact of our operations and to ensuring timely cleanup of sites that have been affected by prior practices that have created pollution.
This 2008 Environment Report details the environmental impact of our operations, the targets for improvement to which we have committed, and the strategy and actions that we will use to achieve them. The report seeks to address major environmental items in both quantitative and qualitative form and is, to the best of our ability, an accurate description of our performance. We have strived to clearly explain our methodology and reasoning.
The data tables refer to Boeing’s own environmental impact. In future reports, we will expand our documentation of the performance of our value chain. We are engaging our suppliers both directly and through industrywide action to develop plans for improvement.
The data show we continue to make good strides in improving recycling rates, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions intensity and hazardous waste at our facilities. Boeing relies on a proven productivity philosophy called Lean+ that has proved to be a natural ally of the environment. Much of our recent energy and waste improvements can be attributed to that work. Boeing also has divested some facilities and operations, and although much of that has been taken into account in our reporting, it is not always possible to capture the entire value chain’s impact.
Boeing is disclosing its facilities’ carbon footprint and hazardous waste figures publicly for the first time. Our challenging target over the next five years is to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions on an absolute basis, even as our business is growing. We have clear plans to meet that goal.
Boeing continues to perform well on regulatory compliance and preventing unwanted release of harmful pollutants leaving our facilities. However, we paid two fines in 2007—one of approximately $471,000 for exceedances of water quality limits at the Santa Susana facility in California, the other, a $300 penalty at the Plant 2 facility in Seattle, Wash. In both cases, we are taking action to prevent repeat issues. We strive always to meet our commitments to regulatory compliance.
We have also been recognized this year for multiple achievements—and while you can read more about our awards for environment performance in other sections of this report, I would like to highlight recognition in Renton and Seattle, Wash., where two of our facilities achieved 10 years of concurrent operations with the highest standards of water quality leaving our facilities.
We will continue to periodically provide updates on our environmental activities and successes, as well as share where we fell short of our expectations and our plans to improve.
I hope that you find this report informative and that it accurately conveys the sense of commitment that everyone at Boeing has to this global challenge.
Boeing is creating the technology for a better future, while committing to responsible stewardship of its operations today.
Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety