Our newest commercial airplanes such as the 737 MAX and 787 Dreamliner are 70 percent more fuel efficient and 90 percent quieter than the first jets that rolled out of our factories in the 1960s.
At Boeing, we aspire to be not only the best in aerospace but also an enduring global industrial champion — a top performer in each and every area of our business. That includes an unwavering commitment to environmental innovation and performance in our products, services and operations.
Since our company’s founding more than a century ago, Boeing has made remarkable strides in product efficiency. For example, our newest commercial airplanes such as the 737 MAX and 787 Dreamliner are 70 percent more fuel efficient and 90 percent quieter than the first jets that rolled out of our factories in the 1960s. And last year, the U.S. Department of Defense recognized the KC-46 aerial refueling tanker program for reducing hazardous waste from its aircraft painting process. And you can bet our airplanes of tomorrow will feature even more environmental innovations.
We also have made tremendous progress over the past decade in reducing emissions, waste and water use in our operations while significantly growing our business. Two of our busiest factories — the 737 plant in Renton, WA, and the 787 facility in North Charleston, SC — are powered by 100 percent renewable energy. And five of our production facilities send zero waste to landfills.
Building on this momentum, last year we opened the 777X Composite Wing Center in Everett, WA, to fabricate the longest composite wing Boeing has ever built. The lightweight wing will allow the 777X to reach unprecedented levels of fuel efficiency for a wide-body commercial airplane. We invested $1 billion in innovative carbon fiber technology manufacturing, housed in a facility built to a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard. Compared to traditional construction, the center has improved energy and water efficiency, reduced emissions, and better overall environmental quality.
Our environmental leadership extends beyond our facilities and products; we collaborate with numerous research institutions, customers, universities, nonprofit organizations and governments to develop technologies, solve problems, and educate communities around the world about the importance of environmental protection and preservation. For instance, together we are testing green infrastructure solutions to mitigate pollution from storm water runoff and improve overall water quality.
Moving forward, we remain focused on taking our environmental performance to new heights. When we do, our company, our customers and the global communities in which we live and work all benefit.