Boeing meeting its goals in cutting energy use
By Steve Wilhelm, Puget Sound Business Journal
Boeing has cut energy use by 33 million kilowatt hours since 2007 at its 4.3 million-square-foot factory in Everett.
Boeing is walking its talk with environmental impact goals the company set in 2007, achieving incremental reductions on a variety of factors.
In a just-released report, the company said that since 2007 it has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 9 percent, energy use by 3 percent and water use by 2 percent.
The company set the goals in 2008, choosing 2007 as its benchmark for future comparisons. At that time, the goal was to reduce energy use and carbon emissions by 25 percent, when adjusted to account for higher revenue from increased production. The company also hoped to achieve a recycling rate of 75 percent.
In the benchmark year of 2007, the company generated $66.4 billion in annual revenues, compared to $81.7 billion for 2012. When the company’s reductions are compared against its increased revenue, the report issued last week suggests that Boeing is largely succeeding.
With the revenue increase taken into account, carbon dioxide emissions have dropped 26 percent since 2007, and energy use has dropped by 21 percent.
Boeing's Everett factory, for instance, has saved nearly 33 million kilowatt hours of energy over the past five years, the report said.
In addition, water consumption is down 20 percent on a relative basis, or 2 percent in absolute terms.
In the report, Boeing Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety Kim Smith said the company's current goal is to hold the line on carbon dioxide emissions and water use by 2017, despite expected growth in production.
Steve Wilhelm covers manufacturing, aerospace and trade for the Puget Sound Business Journal.
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