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Boeing advances biofuels, recycling and conservation

Posted 6 June 2019 · Add Comment

Boeing released its 2019 Global Environment Report yesterday, highlighting the company's efforts towards building cleaner, more fuel-efficient airplanes and finding innovative ways to recycle and conserve resources, including here in the UK.



Above: Boeing's fabrication factory in Sheffield.
Courtesy Boeing


In 2018, Boeing unveiled its new environment strategy through 2025 with ambitious goals to innovate products for environmental performance, reduce emissions, waste, and water and energy consumption at work sites, and to work with communities around the globe.

"We are committed to cleaner water, air and land, and this report highlights the wide range of efforts surrounding Boeing's environmental stewardship around the globe," said Bryan Scott, vice president of Environment, Health & Safety.

Highlights of the report include:

  • Surpassing 2018 targets, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 7.3% at work sites.
  • Partnering with a UK-based recycler to keep up to two million pounds of excess carbon fibre from Boeing factories out of landfills per year.
  • Using renewable energy to power Boeing's primary data centre, saving enough electricity to power more than 4,000 homes annually.
  • Working with Etihad Airways to fly a 787 Dreamliner powered partly by biofuel made from desert plants irrigated with seawater.
  • Designing new energy-efficient facilities around the world, including the 737 Completion and Delivery Centre in Zhoushan, China and the fabrication facility in Sheffield, UK.
  • Catalysing development of sustainable aviation fuel and offering customers the option of using biofuel on delivery flights.

Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defence, space and security systems, and global services. As the top US exporter, the company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and leverages the talents of a global supplier base.

 

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