Wed, Jun 01, 2011
Reports Lower Energy Consumption, CO2 Emissions, Water Use In
Manufacture Of Aircraft
While increasing airplane production, the Boeing Company says
it has generated year-over-year improvements in environmental
performance, according to its annual Environment Report released
Tuesday. At manufacturing and office locations in 2010, Boeing says
it consumed less energy, reduced carbon dioxide emissions and water
intake, and generated less hazardous waste compared to the previous
"Boeing has taken up the challenge to make our products,
services and operations ever more environmentally progressive,"
said Mary Armstrong, vice president of Environment, Health and
Safety. "As we accelerate these environmental improvements, we
continue to pursue new game-changing possibilities."
Highlights of the report include:
- Boeing facilities reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 28
percent, energy use by 30 percent, hazardous-waste generation by 44
percent and water intake by 41 percent since 2002, measured on a
revenue-adjusted basis. On an absolute basis, not adjusted for
revenue, all four areas of environmental performance improved in
2010 compared to 2009.
- The company's two newest airplanes – the 787 Dreamliner
and the 747-8, both scheduled to enter commercial service later
this year – will be more fuel-efficient with a much smaller
carbon and noise footprint than the airplanes they replace.
- Environmental thinking is showcased at the company's new South
Carolina site, which will be powered completely by renewable
energy, including solar panels that will cover the roof of the 787
assembly building. The site is one of four Boeing facilities that
will send zero non-hazardous solid waste to landfills.
- Boeing's leadership role in bringing together agricultural,
industry and research interests around the globe to create the
infrastructure needed to develop a sustainable aviation biofuels
industry. Made from renewable resources that do not compete with
food crops for land or water, sustainable biofuels reduce lifecycle
greenhouse gas emissions.
- Boeing's commitment to invest more than 75 percent of its
Commercial Airplanes research and development efforts on improving
the environmental performance of jetliners.
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