Boeing is designing jetliners with the environmental impact of their life span in mind. From the fuselage to the carpet, Boeing Director of Environmental Performance Jeanne Yu explains why Boeing considers how entire airplanes will be recycled before they're ever built.
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"This solar installation will be the sixth largest on a building in the United States."“Our 787 Dreamliner is manufactured using fewer hazardous materials and designed to consume less fuel, and produce fewer emissions. It only makes sense that our business operations in South Carolina reflect the environmental progressiveness of the airplane we’ll build here,” said Jim Albaugh, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
"Our customers expect that Boeing's products and services be environmentally progressive." Mary Armstrong, Boeing Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety.Construction on the new facility is on schedule, with airplane production due to begin in July 2011. At full production rate, Boeing will assemble and deliver three 787s per month from South Carolina. Boeing’s manufacturing site in Everett, Wash., also produces 787s.
Boeing Construction crews are putting the final touches inside the new 787 final assembly building in North Charleston, South Carolina. Airplane production is set to begin in July, 2011.
“The renewable energy that we’re going to buy here comes from a biomass facility, where they basically take shrub waste, tree waste from construction and process it to generate energy with very low emissions into the atmosphere,” said Rick Muttart, site services director for Boeing South Carolina.
Recycling is an important part of Boeing’s commitment to be a responsible corporate citizen in South Carolina’s Low country. The site, which broke ground in November 2009, will send neither waste nor byproducts to a landfill, instead recycling, reusing or otherwise repurposing.
“Our customers expect that Boeing’s products and services be environmentally progressive, and our communities expect that we take credible actions to reduce our impact on the environment,” said Mary Armstrong, vice president of Environment, Health and Safety for Boeing. “This partnership demonstrates that we share those priorities, and shows that it is possible to commit to renewable energy on a large scale.”