Boeing recognized by EPA for conservation efforts
Boeing will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for the company’s continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. Boeing will receive the award April 13 in Washington, D.C. This is the sixth consecutive year Boeing has been recognized by ENERGY STAR.
“Recognition by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program for sustained excellence is a tribute to our employees’ commitment to environmental leadership,” said Ursula English, Boeing vice president of Environment, Health & Safety. “We’re inspired to keep embedding energy conservation technologies into our processes and operations.”
Kim Newton, director of Operational Excellence for Boeing Shared Services Group will accept the ENERGY STAR award on behalf of Boeing.
“Our partnership with ENERGY STAR has provided guidance to achieve continued improvements in our energy efficiency,” Newton said. “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.”
During 2015, Boeing improved energy efficiency, invested in key energy infrastructure and continued public outreach with its conservation message. Boeing’s key 2015 accomplishments in the U.S. include:
- Reduced absolute energy consumption by 4.3 percent while increasing aircraft deliveries by over 10 percent.
- Achieved absolute energy reduction of 603,000 MMBtu, equivalent to the annual energy for 15,900 average U.S. homes.
- Reduced energy intensity by 6.7 percent, a cumulative improvement of 37 percent since 2009.
- Made direct energy conservation investment of $7.7 million, reducing energy use by over 41,500 MMBtu annually.
- Achieved additional annual energy savings of more than 16,300 MMBtu through designing efficiency into capital improvements.
- Expanded the company environmental engagement platform ‘Build a Better Planet’ to include more information on energy, water conservation and recycling efforts to inspire replication.
- Shared energy conservation messaging in key forums and conferences such as Net Impact.
- Commissioned a new chiller plant at the Everett, Wash., site to support the world’s largest building by volume gaining a 36 percent efficiency improvement.
“By continued collaboration with ENERGY STAR, Boeing is helping Americans save money, save energy, and do their part to reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “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.”
The 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contributions to reducing harmful carbon pollution through superior energy efficiency efforts. These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors.