Boeing Out-Performs Zero Growth Footprint Goal for Operations

Four key indicators 5-19 percent below 2012 baseline despite strong growth in production
Jun 23, 2017 4:00 PM ET
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**This is the third article in a series focusing on The Boeing Company's environmental performance and progress in 2016. Visit for more information.**

Boeing is improving the environmental footprint of our diverse operations. We are on target to out-perform our goal of zero growth in our four key indicators from our 2012 baseline through 2017.

Boeing generated fewer greenhouse gas emissions, used less water, sent less solid waste to landfills and generated less hazardous waste—all reduced from 4 to 19 percent in 2016 compared to the baseline set in 2012—even with strong growth in production.

This year’s Environment Report also reflects the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2016 recalculation of the National eGRID emissions factors, which represent the emissions footprint of all electric power sources. The EPA biannually recalculates the data and applies the results to the previous three years. A significant increase in the emissions factor was identified for the Northwest region. This was mainly caused by greater use of coal-derived electricity needed to meet the demands of a growing region. This resulted in Boeing’s recalculation of 2014 and 2015 data, which caused an increase of the emissions previously calculated and reported for those years. Despite this change, we remain on track to exceed all goals.

2017 is the final year in Boeing’s five-year plan of environmental performance goals and targets set in 2012. The company will implement new performance goals in 2018 that will demonstrate a continuing commitment to strengthening our global environmental leadership.

The accompanying charts and graphs show data rounded to the nearest decimal point and reflect the environmental performance of the majority of Boeing facilities, calculated against 2012 baseline values. (Note: hazardous waste generation targets are revenue adjusted.)

Boeing also submits environmental data to regulatory agencies and voluntary disclosure organizations, such as Australia’s National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme, the United Kingdom’s Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme, the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory, the European Union’s Emissions Trading System and Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory.