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Boeing in the EU: Environment

Boeing ecoDemonstrator Program supports Sustainable Growth of Aviation

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To support aviation’s long-term sustainable growth, Boeing is constantly researching opportunities to improve environmental performance throughout an airplane’s lifecycle. The Boeing ecoDemonstrator programme plays a key role in the company’s environmental strategy by testing and accelerating the use of new technologies that reduce emissions and noise, improve airlines’ gate-to-gate efficiency and help meet other environmental goals. Proven ecoDemonstrator technologies and processes may be incorporated into existing production models, made available for in-service fleets and applied to new airplane development programs.

Boeing has completed four ecoDemonstrator flight test programs since 2012 to accelerate the development of new technologies that enhance safety and reduce fuel use, emissions and noise. Over 60 technologies have been tested and all flights are flown using a blend of biofuel approved for commercial aviation to demonstrate its viability. In 2015, the ecoDemonstrator Program tested more than 15 technologies on a 757 in collaboration with NASA and TUI Group. The 2014 and 2015 programs tested the performance of renewable diesel to gather critical technical performance data to support fuels approval. Boeing’s next ecoDemonstrator program will be conducted in the spring of 2018 on a 777 in collaboration with FedEx.


    As a global industry leader in innovation and technology, Boeing works with European governments, industry and academia to research solutions and promote policies that help reduce the environmental effects of aviation by improving airplane performance, airport operations and air traffic management while creating opportunities for new technology developments such as alternative fuel and energy sources. Equally, Boeing is committed to safe and sustainable chemical management in alignment with EU chemical regulations, to protect human and environmental health.

    Boeing’s clear climate change action strategy involves actively working to improve the environmental performance of our products and services to substantially reduce CO2 emissions and noise. Today’s airplanes are 70% more fuel efficient with a 90% smaller noise footprint than the first jetliners, and we continue to invest in technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and noise even further.

      Sustainable Aviation Biofuel

      Boeing leads global industry efforts to develop and commercialise sustainable aviation biofuel. Compared to fossil fuel, sustainable aviation biofuel reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 50% to 80% on a lifecycle basis. With over 5,000 commercial flights completed using approved sustainable aviation biofuel blended with conventional jet fuel, the industry has demonstrated the safety and viability of the technology. In parallel, policy support is necessary to advance sustainable aviation biofuels development and commercialisation.


        CO2 Emissions

        Aviation is a global business requiring a global approach to tackling emissions. Measures to address aviation emissions are best taken at the international level under the auspices of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Boeing strongly supports the European Institutions’ active engagement in the process and welcomes the implementation of a global solution.