Boeing ‘s latest sustainability report highlights the programmes underway internally and with partners to reduce its carbon footprint. It achieved net-zero carbon emissions at manufacturing and worksites and in business travel in 2020 by expanding conservation and renewable energy use, while securing responsible offsets for the remaining greenhouse gas emissions. Since 2008, Boeing has voluntarily and transparently reported greenhouse gas emissions from its operations in annual CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) disclosures. In 2020, CDP awarded Boeing a leadership-level grade of A -Boeing Sustainability Report.
Boeing’s greenhouse gas reduction strategy is managed within the Global Enterprise Sustainability organisation. The management team tracks performance, procures energy, and initiates energy and emissions reduction projects across the company. This organisation sets strategic goals for greenhouse gas emissions reduction and energy conservation and to play an active role in achieving those goals. Greenhouse gas emissions from operations are monitored on a monthly basis through the use of utility metering. The emissions factors for these energy sources are validated at least annually and updated when appropriate under the World Resources Institute GHG Protocol. The energy source data and emissions factors are audited as part of the third-party verification of the company’s annual CDP disclosure, which contains a wealth of information about our emissions, reduction efforts and governance.
Boeing has been partnering across the industry on concepts for advanced aircraft that can meet specific energy efficiency, environmental and operational goals in 2030 and beyond. For example, the Transonic Truss-Braced Wing (TTBW) concept, provides a 9% improvement in fuel burn when compared to a cantilevered wing of the same technology level.
Boeing uses a Flying Laboratory to Test Industry- Changing Technologies. Launched in 2010, Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator programme accelerates innovation by taking promising technologies out of the lab and testing them in the air to solve real-world challenges for airlines, passengers and the environment. In 2020 Boeing, in partnership with Etihad Airways, conducted two test flights using digital communications that simultaneously connected pilots, air traffic controllers and airline operations centres to enhance safety, optimise routing and reduce emissions. It also tested a timedarrival management tool as part of an airspace efficiency project to further reduce emissions. The aircraft uses a blend of up to 50% sustainable aviation fuel on every ecoDemonstrator flight.