Our Approach to Improving Environmental Performance

Innovation, advanced technology drive toward more sustainable operations

Boeing aspires to be the best in aerospace and an enduring global industrial champion—a top performer in each and every area of our business. That includes an unwavering commitment to environmental innovation and performance in our products, services and operations.

For example, our newest commercial airplanes such as the 737 MAX and 787 Dreamliner are 70 percent more fuel efficient and 90 percent quieter than the first jets that rolled out of our factories in the 1960s.

From 2007 to 2017, we reduced greenhouse gas emissions 29 percent while growing our business and increasing aircraft deliveries by 71 percent. Over the past five years, we’ve exceeded our goals for reducing greenhouse gases, energy and water use, hazardous waste and solid waste sent to landfill.

Looking forward, a top priority will be continued research into cleaner, advanced technologies, such as hybrid-electric propulsion, biofuel and chemical alternatives. Boeing HorizonX is a pathfinder organization that will uncover and accelerate potentially transformative aerospace products, such as advanced batteries and alternative propulsion aircraft.

A new strategy to guide our business through 2025 advances our commitment to the environment, however, we are not just thinking about the next eight years; we are looking with a long term eye toward the kind of company we want to be for future generations.

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Global Aviation Commitments

Improving Aviation’s Environmental Footprint – Global Collaboration

Meeting environmental challenges such as climate change requires working closely with customers and partners around the globe on resource conservation. Boeing collaborates with government agencies, other stakeholders and research facilities worldwide to develop solutions that promote a more sustainable future.

2012 – 2017 Environmental Performance

Boeing Beats Targets to Improve Environmental Footprint

From 2012 to 2017, Boeing generated fewer greenhouse gas emissions, used less water, sent less solid waste to landfills and generated less hazardous waste—all reduced from 14 to 26 percent. The significant improvements came during a time of unparalleled growth in our business, with record airplane deliveries.

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Recycling saves material, money

New airplane is as efficient as an electric car

Reducing emissions and growing our business

First flight using 100% biofuel

Site secured as open space habitat

New target will cut emissions by 25%

Sites use 100% renewable electricity

Sites support sustainable ecosystems

Employees find new ways to reduce energy use

Employees ‘travel smart’

Water recycling will save millions of gallons

‘ENERGY STAR’ for eight years straight

Global sites meet high environmental standards

The “battle” to reduce energy

Environment Strategy: The Future is Built Here

New goals illustrate Boeing's environmental leadership

This year, Boeing has adopted a new environment strategy to guide the company’s business through 2025 as it continues to:

  • Design, manufacture and deliver innovative aerospace products and services that will improve the company’s environmental footprint.
  • Strive for excellence in sustainability in our operations and supply base.
  • Inspire collaboration with partners around the world to advance innovative solutions for local and global environmental needs.

The new strategy includes performance targets that will lead to substantial improvements in the company’s environmental footprint: