Goals, growth, globe: Reaching higher for environmental excellence

New environment strategy helps ensure a cleaner future is built here

June 12, 2018 in Our Environment

In 2012, Boeing set a goal for zero absolute growth in greenhouse gas emissions, water use, solid waste sent to landfill and hazardous waste. That goal was not just met, but surpassed five years later, with all targeted areas seeing reductions from 14 to 26 percent, while at the same time growing business with record airplane deliveries.

“Looking ahead, we’ve set even more aggressive targets for improving Boeing’s operational footprint by 2025,” said Steve Shestag, Enterprise Environment director.

“These new, stronger goals shape the future in environmental leadership – both in our products and in how we manufacture, deliver and support them.” These bold reduction targets contribute to Boeing’s leadership in commercial aviation’s industry-wide aspiration for carbon-neutral growth by 2020 and 50 percent CO2 reduction by 2050.

Since 2007, Boeing has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent while increasing product deliveries by 71 percent.

“Reducing the amount of energy, greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption and waste shows Boeing’s steadfast commitment to improving the planet,” said Ursula English, Boeing vice president, Environment, Health & Safety. “We could not have done it without the dedication of our employees who demonstrate their environmental responsibility every day, both at work and in our communities.”

Boeing employees also volunteer time and energy, through direct grants and community partnerships, for projects that protect stormwater, restore habitat and promote sustainable use of resources around the globe. These and other efforts to deliver environmental excellence are highlighted in Boeing’s 2018 Environment Report found here.

By Holly Braithwaite