Our goal is to stay at or below 2012 levels of waste sent to landfills while continuing to grow our company. In fact, even with revenues up more than 15 percent since 2012, we have reduced our absolute waste to landfills by nearly 19 percent.
The Boeing strategy places priority on reducing the use of resources by designing processes to minimize or reuse materials. When that is not possible, we seek to recycle or compost those materials, or use them as an energy source.
Boeing’s Enhanced Recycling program is an example of that strategy in action. It is now being used in locations that, added together, house more than 45 percent of our workforce.
As we use more carbon fiber to develop lighter aircraft and reduce product emissions, we are finding ways to reduce excess material creation. We are calibrating our production processes to use less material. We’re exploring and implementing ways to reuse or recycle the remaining material.
Boeing is also reducing materials through additive manufacturing. This is a process of creating an object by adding material, usually layer upon layer (like 3D printing), whereas subtractive manufacturing methodologies cut material away, resulting in greater waste.