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Environmental and climate issues

Total’s ambition is to become the responsible energy major by providing cleaner and more readily accessible energy to as many people as possible. The CSTJF teams, particularly those of the Research & Development hub, are mobilized to meet these challenges. Climate issues are fully integrated into our strategy.

THE CLIMATE, AN INTEGRAL COMPONENT OF OUR STRATEGY

Total must take part in the global reduction of greenhouse gas emissions while meeting an increasing energy demand related to economic and demographic growth.

The aim is to reconcile the two sustainable development goals of the UNO: access to energy for all and the fight against global warming. Total’s ambition is to provide cleaner, more affordable and more readily accessible energy to as many people as possible.

Together with society, Total shares the ambition to achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2050 in all its activities, from production to the use of energy products sold to its clients (scope 1+2+3).

This ambition encompasses:

  • The objective of Net Zero Emissions for Total’s operations worldwide by 2050 (scope 1+2).
  • A commitment to achieve Net Zero Emissions in Europe for Total’s entire production and energy products used by its clients by 2050 (scope 1+2+3).
  • The goal to reduce by 60% or more the average emission intensity of Total’s energy products used by its clients worldwide by 2050, with intermediate stages set at 15% by 2030 and 35% by 2040.

Total acts by:

  • Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of its activities, including methane emissions.
  • Offering its clients an energy mix whose emission intensity is gradually being reduced.
  • Developing technologies and supporting initiatives that meet the challenges of climate change.

Total is working toward several goals, which are to reduce its emissions, reorient its clients’ requirements and develop carbon wells. Its ambition is supported by a strategy encompassing the gas, power and liquid fuel value chains, the ultimate objective being to decarbonize the Group’s energy mix.

For more information: The climate, an integral component of the Total group

RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION WITH OUR EXPERTS

The environment is the focus of several research projects at the CSTJF and the PERL. Every day, our experts seek to develop technological solutions that are innovative, efficient and cost-effective. For this purpose, they can count on the strong commitment of the R&D teams whose objective is to deliver:  

  • Processes that will enable us to improve the quality of our discharges and emissions at a reduced cost, and lessen the impacts of our activities on the air, water, soil and biodiversity.
  • Advanced monitoring technologies to optimize how these impacts are measured and monitored, and to demonstrate to our stakeholders the small ecological footprint of the activities on our sites.

Part of this work is carried out at the Platform for Environmental Research in Lacq (PERL). The research center works on topics of major importance for the Group. It houses three hubs of expertise: managing the environmental footprint of our activities, the physics and chemistry of interfaces and gas separation and treatment.

The PERL carries out its work with national players, such as the University of Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, the University Pierre et Marie Curie and the ENS Lyon, and with global partners like Polytechnique Montréal, an engineering university in Canada.

ZOOM IN ON ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES

Total’s Exploration & Production branch is firmly committed to managing our environmental footprint, improving our energy efficiency and reducing the emissions of our oil & gas installations. Owing to the joint efforts of the CSTJF teams and affiliate managers, Total is able to combine growth strategy, profitability, personnel safety and environmental protection. Embracing these fundamental aspects will ensure our industry acts responsibly, with both current and future generations’ best interests at heart.