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Environment

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

Environment Report

2020 Global Environment Report demonstrates Boeing’s commitment to sustainability

Boeing recognizes climate change is a fundamental global challenge, and as we enable people to move freely across the planet we recognize the need to reduce the impact of flying. We are reducing carbon emissions and using resources efficiently through innovative solutions across our product life cycle, in our factories and at work sites.

The 2020 Global Environment Report provides a summary of the actions we achieved in 2019 toward our environmental aspirations. It highlights stories of good stewardship of what all our stakeholders deserve: clean air, water and land. We’ve done this work by focusing on product performance, operations resource conservation and collaboration with nongovernmental organizations, communities and industry associations.

The cover story of the new 777X demonstrates that Boeing’s environmental performance is closely linked to innovation and technology. Each newly developed Boeing product is typically 15% to 25% more efficient than the airplanes it replaces. Boeing's commitment to energy-efficient and cleaner products has enabled the industry to establish a global approach to carbon-emissions reduction – starting with carbon neutral growth from 2020 and a 50% reduction by 2050 relative to 2005 levels. Our commitment to environmental sustainability doesn’t stop there. In fact, Boeing’s product designs enable disassembly of parts and materials recovery resulting in airplanes that are nearly 90% recyclable by weight for parts reuse and scrap.

Boeing has bold goals to reduce companywide greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 in our operations. In 2019, we made strides in securing more renewable energy to power operations, building on our strong track record. Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is changing the way we design and build products with fewer raw materials, creating less waste and improving fuel efficiency in our products. Innovative materials and processes are improving product efficiency in several ways.

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2020 Environmental Report companion summary
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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

Aviation carries over 4 billion people and about $7 trillion in goods every year to bring more of the world closer together than ever before and make it a better place.

Boeing and the aviation industry recognize that climate change is a fundamental challenge of our time, and we’re united in fulfilling our responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and noise. We’ve made substantial progress, but there’s more work to do.

Each new generation of Boeing airplanes reduces emissions 15-25% more than the previous one. Along with the industry, we are further reducing emissions through the use of sustainable fuels, improving operational efficiency of the global fleet, upgrading air traffic control infrastructure and implementing a global carbon-offset program.

Due to these ongoing efforts, your personal emissions from a flight today are half of what they were on the same flight 30 years ago. To make further progress, more than 75% 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  Features

Restoration Rockstar Kathy Beaty says, "Hasta Luego, Monarchs" for another season

October 08, 2019 in Environment, Community

Cooler weather marks the time of year when monarch butterflies also pack their bags and head to Mexico.

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Summer's aflutter!

June 20, 2019 in Environment, Community

Native gardens attract migrating monarchs to Boeing sites.

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Products, people and partnerships advance Boeing’s sustainable future

June 05, 2019 in Our Environment, Environment

From building the most fuel-efficient aircraft on the market to finding a creative second life for excess carbon fiber, innovations, new technologies and worldwide environmental initiatives are driving Boeing’s progress toward a more sustainable future.

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Boeing offers biofuel to customers flying their new commercial jets home

March 08, 2019 in Our Environment, Environment

Option available for Boeing deliveries from Puget Sound, will then expand sustainable aviation fuel opportunity to other Boeing sites.

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Remediation: Environment’s past, present and future

March 08, 2019 in Environment

In successfully planning for a sustainable future, addressing the past is essential. At Boeing, that means implementing remediation activities, cleanup, and restoration of at-risk sites contaminated through past practices.

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Clearing the air: Boeing helps airlines adopt global plan to cut emissions

March 06, 2019 in Environment

How Boeing is supporting the aviation industry’s goal to cap carbon emissions growth by 2020 and cut them to half of what they were in 2005 by 2050.

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Fish, farming and flight: Desert-powered airplane is a worldwide first

January 23, 2019 in Environment

Producing sustainable aviation biofuel on land that can’t be farmed using water we cannot drink.

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