2009 Environment Report Boeing
Environmentally Progressive

Boeing has an ongoing legacy of integrating environmental performance improvements through technology advancements. Over the past 50 years, commercial jet carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have been reduced by approximately 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, highlight the company's commitment to environmentally progressive 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 CO2 emissions compared to today's similarly-sized airplanes. The 747-8 offers a 16 percent improvement in fuel use and CO2 emissions over the 747-400.

We are also integrating environmentally progressive technologies in our current airplane programs. Advanced technology Blended Winglets reduce drag and improve performance, lowering total fuel use and CO2 emissions by up to 4 percent on the 737, up to 5 percent on the 757 and up to 5.5 percent on the 767. The blended winglet technology also improves 737 and 767 takeoff performance and reduces required thrust, resulting in lower emissions and noise.

Retrofit Performance Improvement Packages on the 777 include low-profile vortex generators, improved RAM air systems and drooped ailerons to lower fuel consumption by 1 percent and reduce emissions. On the typical 777-200ER, the Performance Improvement Packages reduce fuel use by approximately 1 million pounds and CO2 emissions by 3 million pounds annually. By the end of 2008, 15 airlines had adopted the packages on 285 airplanes.

Boeing's Commercial Aviation Services unit 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 CO2 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 our improvements to date are significant, we are continually striving to 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.

Boeing is also pioneering the technologies our U.S. and international government and military customers need to achieve their aggressive goals for energy efficiency and independence.

Unstable and rising fuel prices, a growing dependence on foreign oil and overstretched budgets have the U.S. military—the world's largest consumer of oil—seeking sustainable solutions for improving energy security and fuel efficiency as well as its impact on the environment. For example, the U.S. Army published its first annual Sustainability Report in November 2008. And the U.S. Air Force plans to certify its aircraft fleet to use a 50-50 blend of sustainable biofuel and traditional jet fuel by 2013. By 2016, the Air Force would like to purchase half the aviation fuel it uses in the U.S., approximately 400 million gallons, from domestically produced sources that have a lower environmental footprint than petroleum.

Current efforts at Boeing Integrated Defense Systems include—