Boeing’s sustainable aerospace vision takes flight at COP26

The company shares its sustainable solutions, reiterating that carbon-emissions reduction is a team sport.


Friday, November 12, 2021

Boeing joined the world stage, highlighting its perspectives and solutions to ensure a sustainable aerospace future during several panel discussions at the two-week global climate-change conference, COP26, which concluded Friday in Glasgow, Scotland.

Up to 30,000 representatives from 200 countries, including heads of state, business leaders, journalists and nongovernmental organizations, attended the conference.

“Participating in this conference underscored Boeing’s purpose — to protect, connect, and explore our world and beyond, safely and sustainably,” said Chris Raymond, chief sustainability officer. “It is humbling to see the world come together to discuss and implement less carbon intensive solutions, and it is an honor to have Boeing’s voice in that discussion with our global aerospace and transportation stakeholders.”

Chris Raymond (right), Boeing chief sustainability officer, joins Helen Clarkson, Climate Group CEO, and Bo Cerup-Simonsen, Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center CEO, on a decarbonizing transport panel at COP26 in Glasgow. (Boeing photo) 

One year after forming its Global Enterprise Sustainability organization, Boeing was tapped as a key player in navigating the future of clean global transportation. Raymond participated in a McKinsey panel that was focused on decarbonization and synergies across the transportation industry. Boeing also participated in a World Economic Forum and Air Transport Action Group panel that focused on the scale-up and supply of Sustainable Aviation Fuels.

“Addressing climate change is broader than one company or industry,” said Brian Moran, vice president of Global Sustainability Policies & Partnerships for Boeing International. “Boeing is engaging global governments and associations while partnering with a host of suppliers, customers and cross-sector companies to find solutions to decarbonize aviation and create a sustainable aerospace future together.”

Brian Moran (left), Global Sustainability Policies & Partnerships for Boeing International vice president, and Chris Raymond, chief sustainability officer, represented Boeing at the UN Climate Change Conference. (Boeing photo) 

In the last few months alone, Boeing has taken several actions and made bold commitments, all in an effort to decarbonize aviation.

Boeing continues to test technologies on the 2021 ecoDemonstrator, an Alaska Airlines 737-9, to reduce noise and improve overall efficiency. The company also announced a partnership with SkyNRG to scale up the supply and use of sustainable aviation fuel globally and just a few weeks ago partnered with NASA to test SAF emissions.

Boeing also supported the industry commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050; which was reiterated by the Chief Technical Officer commitment. Boeing was also a founding member of the First Movers Coalition along with several other leading companies from across industry sectors, which was announced at COP26. 

By Monica Zimmer

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