The Total Ecosolutions approach
The multi-energy company total : the ambition to become the leading responsible energy company
In response to global warming, Total has been working for several years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its operations. Convinced that climate objectives can only be achieved by the joint mobilization of businesses, public authorities and consumers, as a major energy player, Total has made climate change a core component of its strategy.
Total has set itself the goal of becoming the leading responsible energy company, meeting energy needs in a context of increasing global demand in the coming decades while reducing greenhouse gas emissions (1). The Group is committed to contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals defined by the United Nations, more specifically on the themes of climate change and the development of more affordable, safer, less carbon-intensive energy accessible to the greatest number of people.
Total Ecosolutions : A program to help our customers reduce theiR environmental footprint
Following the Kyoto Protocol (2) and the “Grenelle de l'Environnement” in 2009(3), France has committed to reducing its energy consumption. In order to limit global warming, the objective is to divide greenhouse gas emissions by four by 2050. As an energy producer and supplier, Total is incorporating these climate issues into its strategy. The group is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its operations and is working with the industry and the international community to find common solutions.
That's why Total launched the Total Ecosolutions program in 2009, an approach that promotes the environmental and/or health performance of the group’s products and services. The program complies with international standards ISO 14020 and 14021 and is certified by an independent expert.
The Total Ecosolutions program aims to develop eco-efficient products, services and solutions that enable our customers a better control of their consumption and a reduction of their environmental and/or health footprint. Products and services that receive the Total Ecosolutions label can be distinguished by reduced CO2 emissions, lower consumption of natural resources such as raw materials, water and energy, or a lower impact on human health. The label therefore rewards products, services and solutions that have a better environmental and health footprint over their entire life cycle compared with market standards.
Thus, the Total Ecosolutions program is part of a multi-criteria continuous improvement process based on life cycle analysis. It enables Total to offer its customers eco-efficient products whose environmental and/or health performance is certified by an external auditor.
This cross-functional program involves several business lines and draws on a wide range of skills within the Group (Research & Development, innovation, sustainable development, strategy, marketing, etc.) and externally, notably through the inclusion of external stakeholders in its governance.
The history of Total Ecosolutions and its evolution
The label has evolved since its creation in 2009, in terms of its processes, labeling criteria, scope and steering committee membership.
A cross-functional team is working to ensure that Total Ecosolutions continues to be a relevant and ambitious program in line with our climate ambitions, business objectives and society's current expectations for transparency.
(1) “Projections estimate that around 10 billions people will need access to energy in 2050, an increase of around 50% compared to today. " from Total's September 2020 Climate Report.
(2) Signed in 1997, came into effect in 2005
(3) 2007-2009 in France