Our Approach

As Boeing celebrates its first century, we are looking forward to the innovations of the next 100 years. We are working to be the most environmentally progressive aerospace company and an enduring global industrial champion. We can get there, despite the very real challenges we face.

Increases in carbon dioxide concentration are expected to lead to global temperature rise and climate changes.

Climate change is a global challenge. Aviation is a global industry, accounting for about 2 percent of total manmade carbon dioxide emissions, and therefore global action is required to meet the challenge. We work with stakeholders around the world to inspire global collaboration and create industrywide solutions throughout the aviation life cycle.

These solutions start in the heart of our operations, where we work to find solutions every day.

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2015 Operational Performance

Environmental Performance: Operations

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Operations

Performance Summary

Design and Development

The first step in the production process is design and development. This is when our team of talented employees explores fresh ideas to build environmental improvements into the process.

We also consistently engage with organizations around the world to understand and support industry standards, restrictions, bans and opportunities. We believe in an industrywide, global approach to aviation regulations, and design our products accordingly.

The ecoDemonstrator Program is a flying testbed that allows our engineers to take innovative ideas and apply them to accelerate testing and development.

 We actively pursue innovative technology and developments that provide  environmentally progressive solutions.

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Manufacturing and Operations

Manufacturing and operations refer to products that we build—and how we build them.

In 2007, when we set our first goals for our operational environmental footprint, we found that we could maintain or reduce our environmental footprint while growing our business.

We exceeded those first goals and are on our way to meeting our second set. We continue to advance recycling, work with our supply chain, find new ways to use materials and strive to benefit the communities where we live and work.

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In Service

Aerospace is an essential part of modern life. It helps drive economic  growth and prosperity, and it brings the people of the world closer together.

Our products connect people, protect nations, explore space and sea, and inspire the world. We work hard to ensure that our new-generation products are efficient and have environmental measures in their designs.

We’re looking at the routes our products take through the skies and how to increase efficiency there, as well. Additionally, our leadership in global efforts to develop sustainable aviation fuel is about finding new ways to power our airplanes and reduce emissions.

Our talented employees are also innovating in the realm of fuel-cell technologies to create entirely new ways to capture renewable energy and store it for later use.

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End of Service

At the far end of the product life cycle is end of service. What happens to products at the end of use is an important part of our environmental footprint.

We’re looking at ways that entire aircraft can be dismantled and the parts reused or recycled at the end of service. It’s a big job, so we’re working with organizations such as the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association to understand it better.

We value the communities, regions and countries in which we operate, as well, and have programs designed to promote environmental protection, education and more.

We have a robust  remediation and restoration program that works to restore and bring back to public use lands that have been production, test, operation or waste sites. We’re proud of our work. In 2015, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recognized us for these efforts at one of our sites.

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