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The certification label

Promote products, serVices and solutions that demonstrate improved environmental and health performance

The Total Ecosolutions label is designed to promote the eco-efficient products, services and solutions that Total offers.

The label's specifications are based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), which makes it possible to study the entire life cycle of a product (from manufacture to end of life) using a multi-criteria approach. In other words, it is not limited to the study of a single criterion, but that it studies different environmental and health impacts (climate change, water, toxicity ...).  The risk of impact transfer is also taken into account, which ensures that no decrease in impact leads to a significant increase in another environmental or health impact. The absence of significant impact transfer is one of the criteria for awarding the label.

These environmental and health performances are verified by an external independent expert firm. The label is valid for five years and an annual review ensures that no regulatory or market changes have made the certified environmental and/or health performance obsolete.  By relying on Total Ecosolutions-labeled products, services and solutions, our customers can demonstrate their efforts to reduce their environmental and health footprint.

 

A labelling guidelines in accordance with the principles of international standards

The labeling process was developed in compliance with the requirements of international standards ISO 14020 and 14021 and falls into the category of self-declared environmental claims (see explanatory box).  Total issues the TotalEcosolutions label, based on ISO standards, after accreditation by an external auditor. 

 

What is an environmental claim and how are they regulated? 

Among the multitude of logos and claims of all kinds, it becomes difficult to find one's way when one wants to give priority to more environmentally friendly products. Environmental declarations are framed by standards and allow companies to highlight their ecological concerns within a normative framework. They provide a framework for environmental declarations and guarantee their accuracy: 

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ISO 14021 standard (self-declared environmental claims):
Self-declared claims are issued by the producer or distributor and allow the differentiation of a certain number of products for a given number of criteria without geographical limits. This standard aims above all to ensure the relevance and sincerity of self-declarations. It defines the conditions necessary for a "good" declaration, namely: a real, specific, current, substantial, verifiable improvement, taking into account the life cycle of the product, and a relevant, clear, specific, not exaggerated and not misleading declaration.

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ISO 14024 standard (environmental declarations and ecolabels):
Awarded by public or non-profit organizations, these environmental declarations and ecolabels make it possible to identify the most eco-efficient products in a category for a given geographical area and a limited number of criteria. This standard establishes the principles and methods leading to the development of an ecolabel (type I environmental label), its certification and demonstration of compliance.

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ISO 14025 (Ecoprofiles and environmental labelling):
In the context of ecoprofiles and environmental labelling, the producer or distributor displays the state of the environment impact of the product without judging the eco-performance and without geographical limits. This standard provides a framework for Type III environmental declarations, establishing its principles and operating procedures.

 

A calculation methodology based on the multi-criteria Life Cycle Assessment

 

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To obtain the Total Ecosolutions label, a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) must be performed.

The LCA methodology is a standardized tool that provides a comprehensive, multi-criteria assessment of the environmental impacts of a product or service. It evaluates and quantifies, throughout the life of the product, the material and energy flows linked to human activities. Inputs (materials, energy, etc.) and outputs (emissions, waste, discharges, etc.) are measured at each stage of the life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials to the end of its life, including its potential recovery.

 

 

 

 

As part of the Total Ecosolutions certification process, this methodology is used to assess environmental impacts throughout the life cycle, to compare environmental and health performance with market standards, and to demonstrate that there is no risk of impact transfer, which is a guarantee of robustness in environmental analysis. 

 

Environmental and health performances studied:
total_ecosolutions_-_pictogrammes_performance_co2.png Reduction of CO2 emissions
total_ecosolutions_-_pictogrammes_performance_energie.png Energy savings
total_ecosolutions_-_pictogrammes_performance_ressources.png Savings of non-renexable resources 
total_ecosolutions_-_pictogrammes_performance_eau.png Water savings
total_ecosolutions_-_pictogrammes_performance_sante.png Reduction of the impact on health
total_ecosolutions_-_pictogrammes_performance_environnement.png Reduction of the impact on the ecosystem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A certification label based on A demanding guideline

To ensure its robustness, the Total Ecosolutions label is based on a demanding set of standards:

  • Based on ISO 14021 standards, 
  • Support to external stakeholders for the evolution of the guidelines,  
  • Verified by an independant consulting firm: Ernst & Young (EY) (for each product), 
  • Awarded for a period of 5 years, 
  • Annual review of labelled products / services / solutions.  
  • Evidence of the environmental and health performance of an audited product, service or solution

Key figures of Total Ecosolutions In 2021 (based on 2020 figures)

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Products, services and solutions awarded by Total Ecosolutions, end 2020. 

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Of Total Ecosolutions portfolio certifies an environmental performance on greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Of contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 for the Total Ecosolutions label (based on 2020 sales volumes). 

 

This contribution amounts to 16.9 million tons of CO2eq since the launch of the program in 2009: 

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(1) ADEME Definition – "How to make an LCA?"