As an industry, aviation has been a leader in working together and developing new ideas and technologies to drive sustainable improvements in environmental performance, and Boeing both globally and in Australia has been at the forefront of much of this work.
Boeing is the founding member of the Defence Industry Sustainability Forum since its formation in late 2009. The group acts as a single point of contact between Defence contractors and regulators and has begun to partner on environmental projects such as recycling and energy reduction on Defence bases.
Boeing Defence Australia has set a goal of certifying all its operations to the international environmental management standard ISO14001 and in 2011, the first site at RAAF Amberley in Queensland achieved this goal. In 2012 Boeing's operations at Williamtown, NSW, and Oakey, Queensland, will be audited for this standard, and BDA has a strategy in place for the remainder of its operations and sites.
Boeing Aerostructures Australia is committed to operating in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. As industry leaders, BAA has set out clear objectives within its Environment, Health and Safety Policy to protect the health and safety of employees and minimise environmental impact.
Many Boeing sites in Australia have also have environment action plans. These were created after input from all employees, from managers to shop floor, to identify energy and waste reduction opportunities. These initiatives have included separating and recycling materials (co-mingled bins), installing sensor lights and water efficiency devices, reducing water consumption and eliminating waste.
More broadly, Boeing has established several partnerships aimed at improving environmental education among the community, fostering environmental research and development in Australia and working with the industry as a whole to progress environmental initiatives. These include an ongoing relationship with Greening Australia which includes a program for 2011-12 to assist with the revegetation of part of the Lockyer Valley devastated by the 2011 Queensland floods.
Each year for the past three years Boeing has also convened an Aero Environment Summit that brings together key representatives from airlines, airports, manufacturers, government agencies, environment organisations and universities and research organisations to present latest findings, update on programs, share ideas and inspire through collaboration and joint action.