Boeing made significant improvements in its environmental performance, even as total airplane deliveries increased by 50 per cent from 2007 to 2012, the company said in its Annual Environment Report. The company’s manufacturing and office employees consumed less energy and water, reduced carbon dioxide emissions, generated less hazardous waste and sent less solid waste to landfills, a release stated. The environmental progress happened during a time when Boeing also opened a major manufacturing facility in North Charleston, S.C., and created more than 13,000 jobs.
On a revenue-adjusted basis, Boeing facilities reduced hazardous waste by 33 per cent, carbon dioxide emissions by 26 per cent, energy use by 21 per cent, and water intake by 20 per cent since 2007, the report noted. Measured on an absolute basis, the reductions equate to 18 per cent for hazardous waste, nine per cent for carbon dioxide emissions, three per cent for energy use, and two per cent for water intake.
During 2007-2012, the reductions in carbon dioxide emissions that Boeing achieved would be equal to taking 87,000 cars off the road for one year, the report stated. Boeing is committed to zero-carbon growth by 2017, while continuing to increase aircraft production. The company leads global collaboration to reduce chemicals used in aerospace products and improve the efficiency of the global air traffic network, which will significantly reduce emissions, the report said.