Environment Report — Our Approach

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 achieve a global approach to carbon-neutral growth — starting in 2020 with a 50% reduction by 2050. Our new airplanes exceed those industry standards. 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.

2020 Environmental Report companion summary
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Renewable energy

Sonobuoy donation

Reducing hazardous waste

Carbon-fiber recycling

Earth Day

Global Aviation Commitments

Aerospace industry takes lead in reducing carbon footprint

Progress continues on implementing aviation’s strategy to address environmental sustainability.

In 2019, all airlines worldwide flying international routes began formal monitoring and reporting of their emissions as part of the historic Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), adopted by the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2016.

CORSIA will help aviation meet its commitment for carbon-neutral growth from 2020.


Commercial aviation takes initiative on reducing carbon emissions.

Progress continues on implementing aviation's strategy to address environmental sustainability. Since January 2019, all airlines flying international routes began formal monitoring and reporting of their emissions as part of the historic Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation.


Environment Strategy

Boeing environmental policies progress toward 2025 strategy

Boeing launched its Global 2025 Strategy for Environmental Leadership in 2018. In 2019, we made progress by advancing several environmental initiatives. The strategy has three overarching pillars that guide product innovation, sustainable operations and global collaboration.


2019 Performance

Boeing makes progress toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Progress continues toward 2025 environmental targets in its operations.

Boeing is working to conserve resources and reduce greenhouse gas throughout our operations by 2025. In 2019, the bright spots included reducing solid waste by 15% and water use by nearly 7% from the 2017 baseline.

Advancements continue on environmental targets, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and more.