Air freighter conversions help Boeing's sustainability bid

Boeing freighter conversion programme contributes to company's sustainability efforts, outlined in its report Sustainable Aerospace Together

Boeing's Freighter Fleet Renewal programme forms a key part of its sustainability drive as its passenger-to-freighter aircraft strategy provides airlines with an economical way to replace older-generation freighters with more efficient repurposed passenger aircraft.

The move is part of the company's commitment to sustainability. Other important measures include increasing renewable-energy usage in its factories, and investment in aerospace technologies to reduce fuel consumption, emissions and noise. Boeing has also purchased more sustainable aviation fuel for its commercial operations.

Beoing's sustainability efforts are outlined in its report, Sustainable Aerospace Together.

“We continue to invest and make progress on our journey to achieve a more sustainable aerospace future," said Chris Raymond, Boeing Chief Sustainability Officer. “As we enter a new era of sustainable aerospace, we are committed to documenting our progress and outlining our path forward with transparency so our industry can progress, together."

The report also highlights Boeing’s efforts to advance environmental stewardship, human development and inclusion, by addressing the company's sustainability goals on employee safety. It also assesses employee wellbeing, global aerospace safety, community engagement, and DEI.

Boeing's sustainability accomplishments 2023

The Sustainable Aerospace Together report highlights a number of milestones that Boeing has already reached this year.

  • Boeing has introduced and publicly launched the Boeing Cascade Climate Impact Model – a data-modelling tool that quantifies strategies to reduce aviation emissions
  • Developing and flying a full-scale Transonic Truss-Braced Wing Sustainable Flight Demonstrator airplane for NASA
  • Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Boeing ecoDemonstrator programme, which has evaluated about 230 technologies to reduce fuel use, emissions and noise. The 2022 programme tested 30 new technologies to help decarbonise aviation on Boeing's 777-200 test bed
  • Purchasing 2 million gallons (7.6 million litres) of SAF for Boeing's commercial aeroplane operations
  • Purchasing renewable electricity and renewable energy credits to achieve 35% renewable electricity use across the company by 2022. This is up from 21% in 2021.
  • Deploying a voluntary industry approach to supplier sustainability assessments established by the IAEG and implemented by EcoVadis
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