The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognised Boeing for its conservation efforts and energy efficiency as it works towards zero emissions.
The award recognises that, during 2015, Boeing improved its energy efficiency, invested in improvements to energy infrastructure, and raised public awareness of conservation through its public outreach initiatives.
“We’re inspired to keep embedding energy conservation technologies into our processes and operations.”–Ursula English, Boeing vice president of Environment, Health & Safety.
Boeing’s conservation achievements by the numbers:
- 4.3% reduction in absolute energy consumption, despite increasing aircraft production by over 10 percent.
- 603,000 MMBtu in energy reductions which is equal to the energy consumed by 15,900 average U.S. homes.
- 6.7% reduction in energy intensity, which brings Boeing’s cumulative improvement to 37% since 2009.
- $7.7 million in direct energy conservation investments which led to reduction of energy consumption in excess of over 41,500 MMBtu annually.
- 36% energy efficiency improvement by installing a new chiller plant at its Everett, Washington site.
- 16,300 MMBtu in energy saved through design that builds greater efficiency in its capital improvements.
- The launch of Boeing’s ‘Build a Better Planet’ campaign which shares more information on energy, water conservation, and recycling efforts with the community to inspire others.
- Additional promotion of an energy-efficiency message at conferences like Net Impact.
Kim Newton, director of Operational Excellence for Boeing Shared Services Group, will accept the ENERGY STAR award for Boeing at a special awards ceremony held on April 13 in Washington, DC.
“We are on track to meet our environmental targets of zero growth by 2017 in greenhouse gas emissions, even while increasing production rates and adding new manufacturing facilities,” Kim Newton, Boeing Shared Services Group.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said of Boeing’s environmental programs:
“Boeing is helping Americans save money, save energy, and do their part to reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change. I’m proud to recognize Boeing with the highest form of ENERGY STAR recognition, as the winner of the 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. Boeing demonstrates a strong commitment to energy efficiency and to preserving a healthy planet for future generations.”