2009 Environment Report Boeing
Environmental Management

We are committed to continually reducing our environmental footprint and are driving improvements into our core operations in three key ways.

ISO 14001

To help reduce pollution and waste and improve energy efficiency and recycling rates, Boeing expanded certification to the internationally recognized ISO 14001 environmental standard to all of its major manufacturing facilities by the end of 2008. This achievement ensures Boeing products, from our super-efficient airplanes to military aircraft, solar cells and satellites, will be manufactured in facilities that conform to the ISO 14001 standard of environmental management. An independent team of auditors recognized Boeing's environmental performance with over 80 positive noteworthy items, from recycling efforts to employee involvement programs, and noted no major noncomformances. Sites that previously achieved ISO 14001 certification continue to document improvements in environmental performance.

The following sites are ISO 14001-certified.

International locations:

U.S. locations:


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 by embedding environmental thinking into continuous improvement activities. We are sharing our Lean+ expertise and other approaches and tools with our suppliers to help them better measure their environmental footprint and identify waste reduction opportunities. 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.

A Commitment to Recycling

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 wherever feasible. We also reduce and recycle everyday materials, including paper and packaging, and are identifying waste reduction opportunities such as paper-free work processes. In 2008, we increased our solid waste recycling rate from 58 percent to 64 percent and standardized recycling programs to heighten employee awareness and increase usability. And the printers and copiers in offices and factories at our U.S. sites use paper containing 30 percent post-consumer recycled content.

Recycling goes beyond our operations. In 2008, Boeing and its supplier Alenia Aeronautica announced that Boeing is helping support the establishment of Italy's first composite recycling facility, which will be located in the Puglia region, near the Alenia Aeronautica manufacturing center and its supply chain production centers. The composite recycling facility is expected to be operational later this year and, when fully operational, is expected to process an average of 1,100 tons of composite scrap annually. Boeing and Alenia will support the project by working together to advance associated knowledge and technologies and reuse of recycled aircraft parts and manufacturing materials.

In 2006, Boeing helped bring 11 companies together 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 has grown to 41 members, who share a commitment to improving older fleet asset management and fostering the recovery and the safe and environmentally progressive reuse of aerospace materials. AFRA has now published a compendium of 42 voluntary best practices intended to promote the safe and environmentally responsible management of reclaimed aircraft parts and assemblies based on their collective member experience. Collectively, AFRA member organizations have:

Our objectives for aircraft recycling include offering airline customers end-of-life and maintenance options that will allow for the resale of 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.