An increasing use of renewable energy and ongoing research into environmentally promising technology are key components in the improving performance outlined in Boeing's 2015 Environment Report, released this month to coincide with World Environment Day.
The Environment Report also highlights how Boeing employees demonstrate environmental commitment through education, preservation and conservation activities in the communities where they live and work.
"Employees across Boeing are the driving force behind the innovation that is helping improve the environmental performance of our products, services and operations," said Ursula English, vice president of Environment, Health & Safety.
The report provides an update on Boeing's performance to our facilities' environmental targets of zero growth by 2017 in greenhouse gas emissions, water intake, hazardous waste generation and solid waste sent to landfills. It also profiles 15 employees across the company whose work every day is helping improve Boeing's environmental performance.
Highlights detailed in this year's Environment Report include the:
- Increasing use of renewable energy, including powering the 4.3-million-square-foot (400,000 square-meter) 737 factory in Renton, Wash., with electricity from 100 percent renewable sources
- Testing of more than 40 technologies on the ecoDemonstrator 787 and 757 to improve airplane fuel efficiency and reduce emissions and noise.
- Continuing Boeing leadership to develop sustainable aviation biofuel, including the world's first flights using "green diesel."
- Launching of the first two all-electric propulsion satellites, which use only clean electric power and nonhazardous gas for propulsion.
By Patrick Summers