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Environment

Using advanced technologies and innovation, Boeing is
building a better planet.

Environment Report

Innovation for a more sustainable future

Every day, through innovation and the dedication of more than 140,000 employees across the United States and in 65 countries, Boeing is helping build a more sustainable future for our industry and our planet.

The commitment to environmental leadership is seen in energy efficient products and services that set the standard for reductions in fuel use, emissions and community noise. It’s in the way we operate our factories, offices and other facilities. Over the past five years, Boeing reduced greenhouse gases, water use, hazardous waste and solid waste sent to landfill by up to 26 percent.

Looking ahead, Boeing’s business will be guided by a bold new strategy that further improves our environmental performance and footprint. It includes investing in advanced technologies, such as hybrid-electric aircraft propulsion, biofuel and chemical alternatives.

Meeting climate change and other challenges head-on requires a global approach. Boeing works closely with government agencies, customers, stakeholders and research facilities worldwide to develop solutions that help protect the environment.

Our commitment to a cleaner, more sustainable future drives action at every level of the company. Thousands of Boeing employees are leading activities and projects that advance progress in reducing emissions and conserving resources to improve the environmental impact of air travel.

The environmental challenges facing our industry and our planet are real. Boeing is committed to demonstrating the leadership that will build a brighter, more sustainable future for our employees, customers and communities around the globe.

Environment Report Executive Summary

Our Environment Policy

Boeing is committed to:

  • Conduct operations in compliance with applicable environmental laws, regulations, and Boeing policies and procedures.
  • Prevent pollution by conserving energy and resources, recycling, reducing waste, and pursuing other source reduction strategies.
  • Continually improve our environmental management system.
  • Work together with our stakeholders on activities that promote environmental protection and stewardship.

Commercial Aviation

Because air travel helps drive economic growth and prosperity and brings the people of the world closer together, Boeing and the aviation industry are growing. And as air travel expands around the world, Boeing is taking a leadership role to continue to reduce aviation’s environmental impact by reducing fuel use, greenhouse gas emissions and noise. This benefits our customers, their passengers, our employees and the planet.

Boeing also has a comprehensive environmental strategy that includes:

  • Designing and building more fuel-efficient airplanes
  • Improving gate-to-gate operational efficiency for customers
  • Advocating for modernized air traffic management systems
  • Developing sustainable aviation biofuel
  • Reducing Boeing’s environmental footprint

Today’s airplanes are already 70 percent more fuel efficient and 90 percent quieter than the first jets. To make further progress, more than 75 percent of Boeing’s commercial research and development funding supports greater efficiency and environmental performance in our products, services and facilities.

Research & Innovation

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Boeing Research & Technology’s technicians, technologists, engineers and scientists collaborate with partners around the world to solve environmental challenges.

As the advanced central research and development organization of The Boeing Company, Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T) provides innovative technologies that enable the development of future aerospace solutions while improving the cost, quality, efficiency and performance of Boeing products.

This includes finding innovative solutions around the world to improve environmental performance.

From researching biofuels, fuel cells and hybrid electric propulsion to improving air traffic management, finding sustainable composite materials and exploring new chemical coatings that resist corrosion, our team of technicians, technologists, engineers and scientists collaborate with research and development partners around the world to solve today and tomorrow’s environmental challenges.

Boeing Research & Technology has also partnered and contracted with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in researching both next generation and futuristic technologies and concepts that could make aerospace products more environmentally efficient.

Remediation

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Each year, thousands of people visit Santa Susana in Simi Valley, Calif., to learn more about the site’s important place in history and experience firsthand its beauty and biodiversity.

Boeing’s remediation program is focused on using innovative approaches in cleanup efforts to ensure the protection of human health and the environment, coupled with the use of invaluable input from community members and environmental groups. This, combined with the guidance of leading environmental scientists and federal and state regulatory agencies, has led to great progress in cleaning up remediation sites. Boeing also often collaborates with wildlife and conservation organizations to restore habitat for the benefit of wildlife and the community.

Environment News Releases

Environment  Features

Pollinators Create buzz at Boeing and Beyond

June 19, 2018 in Environment

Easy-to-replicate pollinators help ecosystems thrive on scales large and small.

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Tiny Fish, Big Impact for Duwamish Waterway

March 27, 2018 in Environment

Boeing’s environmental remediation efforts in the Lower Duwamish Waterway of the Puget Sound continue to make a lasting impact for salmon restoration.

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Boeing efforts 'paws-itive' for pumas

February 22, 2018 in Environment, Community

Boeing is part of several efforts to help protect mountain lions and other animals in and around the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in Southern California.

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National Recognition for Boeing's Environmental Leadership in South Carolina

January 29, 2018 in Environment

A transformative wildlife protection initiative in South Carolina, spearheaded by Boeing in partnership with government and private sector agencies, has earned the highest level of conservation certification from the U.S. Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC).

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One Fish, Two Fish

September 21, 2017 in Environment

As the saying goes, “If you build it, they will come.” Does the same apply to habitat and salmon?

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Boeing secures historic Santa Susana site as open space habitat

April 25, 2017 in Environment

Boeing announced 10 years ago it would preserve Santa Susana as open space to protect wildlife habitat and artifacts of its Native American history. That promise is now reality.

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A Starring Role in Hollywood History

December 02, 2016 in Environment

Santa Susana has a storied past playing a lead role in the country’s space ambitions and providing a scenic backdrop for some Hollywood legends.

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