PALMDALE, Calif., Jan. 26, 2010 – The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] announced today that its site in Palmdale, Calif. has earned International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 certification, a global benchmark of an organization's commitment to understand and continuously improve its environmental performance.
More than 200 people work at the site supporting space exploration and military test programs, along with other defense, space and security activities.
An independent auditor from Det Norske Veritas (DNV), an accredited certification body of quality, environmental and safety management systems, audited the site in December 2009 to ensure that an established environmental management system exists and that employees understand their roles in protecting the environment.
“Achieving ISO 14001 certification reinforces our commitment to environmental excellence and is recognition of the hard work by the Boeing team to reduce our environmental footprint,” said John Stolting, the Boeing executive who leads site activities. “This global standard demonstrates our commitment to reducing pollution and waste, increasing recycling rates, and improving energy efficiency. It also ensures our communities and our customers know that we’re doing our part to protect the environment. Our plans this past year included actions for energy conservation, recycling and environmental protection.
”The auditors commended the Palmdale site for demonstrating a strong record of recycling and minimizing landfill waste, monitoring of on-site contractors, and having a strong root cause analysis process.
Over the past several years, Boeing has successfully expanded ISO 14001 certification to all of its major manufacturing facilities around the world, including sites in the United States, Canada and Australia.
Boeing is committed to pioneering environmentally progressive technology and relentlessly reducing its environmental footprint. Boeing has set aggressive targets to increase solid-waste recycling rates and energy efficiency by 25 percent and to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions intensity by 25 percent at its major manufacturing facilities by 2012, with a comparable goal for hazardous-waste reduction. For more information, visit the company's Environment Report at www.boeing.com/environment.
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