Boeing reports that its 787 Dreamliner family of aircraft improved fuel efficiency and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 20-25 percent compared to the airplanes they are replacing. (Boeing photo)

Boeing 2016 Environmental Report Tracks Progress

The company reported that its operations reduced greenhouse gas emissions, solid waste to landfill, water intake, and hazardous waste generation by between 6 and 11 percent in 2015.

Boeing released its 2016 Environment Report early this month, tracking its progress on several fronts. The aircraft manufacturer reported that its operations reduced greenhouse gas emissions, solid waste to landfill, water intake, and hazardous waste generation by between 6 and 11 percent in 2015, and that 20 percent of Boeing's workforce—30,000 employees—now are using alternative commuting methods, thus reducing vehicle emissions.

The report says the 787 Dreamliner family of aircraft improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20-25 percent compared to the airplanes they are replacing, and that the 737 MAX aircraft will generate a 40 percent smaller noise footprint than current single-aisle airplanes.

"As Boeing celebrates its first century, we are looking forward to the innovations of the next 100 years. We are working to be the most environmentally progressive aerospace company and an enduring global industrial champion. We can get there, despite the very real challenges we face," the company reported, calling climate change "a global challenge" and noting that aviation accounts for about 2 percent of total manmade carbon dioxide emissions.

"We work with stakeholders around the world to inspire global collaboration and create industrywide solutions throughout the aviation life cycle," the company added in its message to stakeholders and shareholders. "These solutions start in the heart of our operations, where we work to find solutions every day. Join us as we build something better, cleaner and more efficient."

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