The Environment is Boeing's Focal Point
The world and its technology are constantly changing and expanding with new ways to upgrade and improve our day to day lives for the better. Looking to the future in all aspects and especially when it comes to aviation, Boeing is no different. Aircraft soar high in the skies, but they are still built here on terra firma using technology that is man-made.
Engineers, scientists and technicians at Boeing are constantly searching for the next best thing on how to simplify the complicated, eliminate the problematic and more importantly benefit the environment giving consideration to emissions and fuel consumption.
The Boeing Technology Craze
The aviation industry (including flight schools globally) are drastically trying to reduce their CO2 emissions and Boeing’s Technology supports and applauds it full heartedly by designing, building and improving aeroplanes that are more fuel-efficient and reducing each aircraft's environmental footprint.
Since 2012, the Boeing ecoDemonstrator has tested ways and used data to save fuel, soften the noise and reduce flying time. This program researches ways to recycle carbon fibre from aeroplanes and conducts the analysis into solar, hybrid and electric-powered aircraft.
The Aviation Industries Growth
Aviation allows for economic growth, creating a world-in-one, making international trade efficient. Past and present data shows that the aviation industry continues to grow in proportion with the world’s population growth rate. Added to this, modern society is travelling more for leisure and experiences, increasing the demand on the aviation industry.
Boeing has taken it upon them to contribute to reducing their products carbon footprint through continuous improvements in technology and introducing new innovations.
Some Environmental Goals at Boeing for the Near Future
The aviation industry seeks to achieve 95% efficiency by 2025 and up to 98% efficiency by 2050. There is already a range of commercial aircraft designed to meet these requirements. Some of these aircraft are the 787 Dreamliner Family (reducing fuel and CO2 by 20-25%), 737 MAX predicted to be released in 2017 (an expected reduction of 20%) and the forthcoming 777X proposed for 2020 will be the first twin-engine jet to be fueled efficiently.
Boeing strives to reach all environmental goals alongside its business goals which mobilises the consents of the population as a whole in economic, social and cultural development while addressing global warming concerns at the same time.
Jeanne Yu – Director of Environmental Performance states: “…we are looking for technology that allows us to help aeroplanes be more efficient over time.” – With that said the ecoDemonstrator 787 Program is testing ways to incorporate data to be able to adjust flight time and help organise better decision making.
The data will ideally be supplied by satellites and sensors allowing for data to be transmitted ahead of time. Flight centres run a tight schedule and disturbances cost time and money and this will ultimately help plan for any unexpected weather adjustments and someday avoid any disruptions that would have previously occurred at the flight terminals.