Boeing committed to zero-carbon growth
Abu Dhabi, January 22, 2013
US aircraft maker Boeing Company remains committed to zero-carbon growth and will continue growing its business without increasing its environmental footprint, said its top official who is on a visit to the Middle East.
"Since the start of 2008, Boeing has reduced cumulative carbon dioxide emissions by more than 400,000 metric tons while increasing monthly airplane production by 35 percent," explained Kim Smith, Boeing vice president of Environment, Health and Safety.
The CO2 reduction is the equivalent of removing 80,000 cars from the road for one year, she noted.
Between 2008 and 2012, Boeing also implemented conservation efforts and successfully reduced water use by more than 2 billion liters – enough to fill more than 800 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
“Over the next few years, we intend to continue increasing airplane production without expanding our environmental footprint,” Smith said, announcing that Boeing is committing to zero-carbon growth from operations for the period 2013 to 2017.
Boeing also reaffirmed its commitment to help the global airline industry meet its goal of achieving zero-carbon growth after the year 2020. It is estimated that commercial air travel accounts for between 2 and 3 percent of global CO2 emissions.
To reduce the environmental footprint of aerospace, Boeing is focusing on new technologies including:
•Light-weight, more-efficient airplanes such as the 787 Dreamliner, the new 747-8 and the 737 MAX – each of which offer double-digit improvements in fuel economy and carbon emissions compared to the airplanes they replace.
•Promoting the development and commercialization of sustainable aviation biofuels derived from sea grasses, algae and other substances that don’t compete with food crops for land or water.
•Modernizing the global air traffic management system, with the potential to reduce the carbon footprint of commercial air travel by 12 percent. It is estimated that reducing the length of the average flight by one minute would reduce annual CO2 emissions by nearly 4.4 metric tons.
During her visit, Smith met environmental leaders at Emirates, Etihad and Qatar airlines; reviewed a major research project at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology focused on developing sustainable biofuels from halophytes grown in sea water, and met with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority.
“Airlines, research institutions and companies in the UAE and the region are leaders in developing a cleaner future for the global aviation industry,” Smith said.
In addition to partnering with the region’s major airlines and Masdar Institute in developing a more sustainable future for aviation, Boeing also works closely with Mubadala Aerospace, which produces light-weight composite components for the 777 and 787 aircraft.
“The region’s airlines operate some of the world’s modern, most-fuel efficient fleets of aircraft. They are actively developing cleaner, alternative aviation fuels,” Smith stated.
“These airlines are devoted to recycling, conserving water and reducing emissions in their operations. And they are leading participants in international efforts to minimize the environmental footprint of aviation,” she added.-TradeArabia News Service