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Environment

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

Environment Report

Our products are at home in the skies, but they’re built on the ground. Naturally, we have a deep commitment to using the technology and innovation we’re known for to benefit the environment.

We’re developing and testing new technologies that will bring greater fuel efficiency and environmentally progressive innovations to our customers and our communities around the world. We’re meeting environmental performance targets for our facilities while ramping up commercial airplane production. And we’re using innovative approaches in cleanup efforts as part of our remediation program.

Boeing is leading local and global collaboration for the complex challenges our world faces now, and looking to the future. We support industry-wide approaches to align on ways to improve the environment. And whether it’s through the development of sustainable aviation biofuel or by working with communities globally on important environmental issues, we’re making a difference.

From working to improve the environmental performance of our products and services to working together for the benefit of our homes and communities, Boeing is building a better planet.

Environment Report Executive Summary

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

Boeing, Embraer Unveil Newest ecoDemonstrator Aircraft

July 07, 2016 in Commercial, Environment

This week Boeing and Embraer unveiled the next phase of the Boeing ecoDemonstator program.

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Flying Toward a Cleaner Future

April 21, 2016 in Environment

Boeing strives to be the most environmentally progressive aerospace company. Here's how we're getting there.

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Believin' on a Jet Plane, to Test Cleaner Technologies

March 22, 2016 in Environment

Technology that can help produce cleaner, quieter aircraft gets its first flight on ecoDemonstrator testbed airplanes.

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"Super Plants" Could Lead to Biofuel Breakthrough

March 09, 2016 in Environment, Technology

Sand, seawater and science cultivating bio-energy research in the desert.

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Concrete Solutions

February 23, 2016 in Technology, Environment

The same light-weight carbon fiber that is boosting the efficiency of Boeing aircraft may also help clean the groundwater back on earth.

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Nature Knows Best in Strategy to Improve Stormwater Quality

January 05, 2016 in Environment

Biofilters play a key role in treating stormwater at Santa Susana and Lower Duwamish Waterway sites.

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Preparing for takeoff: Biofuel on every flight at Sea-Tac Airport

December 18, 2015 in Environment, Commercial

Boeing is working with all-737 customer Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle to move toward a significant environmental goal: powering all flights by all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with sustainable aviation biofuel.

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