Total Ecosolutions: A Program to Improve the Environmental Performance of Our Products
Controlling consumption more effectively and improving environmental performance are major challenges in the energy sector. Since 2009, Total has been developing its Total Ecosolutions program, a truly innovative approach, offering its customers ecologically efficient solutions, so that they can better control their environmental impact.
At the end of 2015, over 80 products and services had received the “Total Ecosolutions” label and their sales in 2015 help save 1.7 million tonnes of CO₂ (over their life-cycles), i.e. the equivalent of the carbon footprint of 190 000 Europeans.1
The Total Quartz Ineo ECS 5W-30 engine lubricant for light vehicles provides protection for engines against wear and dirt and reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Total Ecosolutions, the Group's eco-efficient solutions label
Thanks to their unique design, SunPower® high-output solar panels produce more electricity during their lifetime than other panels on the market and have a smaller environmental impact.
Used as insecticides, acaricides and fungicides, phytosanitary paraffin oils from Total Fluides are biodegradable and permitted for use in organic agriculture in Europe.
Lumicene® 32ST05 polyethylene allows the thickness of industrial or food packaging to be reduced while providing the same level of technical performance.
Azalt® ECO2 range bitumens, used in manufacturing low-temperature asphalts for road use, allow our customers to make significant energy savings and reduce their CO2 emissions at the same time.
TOTAL EXCELLIUM, a new generation fuel that cleans the engine and protects it mile after mile to increase performance and fuel economy and reduce pollution.
A Response to Environmental Issues
85% of greenhouse-gas emissions in the oil and gas sector are generated when using finished products.2 We are constantly looking for ways to reduce them.
"One of our areas for continuous progress is energy efficiency: consuming less in our processes and developing products that help the customer consume less.” 3 Patrick Pouyanné, Total Chairman and CEO.
In this approach of continuous improvement, Total’s teams have put their expertise to good use in key areas (Research and Development, Marketing, Strategy, Sustainable Development), to innovate and seek more ecologically effective solutions.
The Total Ecosolutions program promotes products and services providing a significantly higher environmental performance (including health aspects) throughout their entire life-cycle than current market standards. This includes reduced CO2 emissions, lower consumption of natural resources, energy and water, or a reduction in their volatile organic compound content.
A Label with Demanding Standards Promoting Ecological Efficiency
As part of this program we have introduced Total Ecosolutions labeling, so that our customers can find solutions that offer better environmental performance. It is our own label, for which the accreditation process was developed to comply with the requirements of international standards ISO 14020 and 140214, which govern environmental declarations and guarantee their accuracy. In addition, an independent expert consulting firm checks our conformity to the process.
To qualify for the label, Total products and services have to go through a selection process and meet the following conditions:
- development has been completed and the product/service is available on the market;
- the improvement made must not simply be a response to a standard or regulatory requirement but must go further in order for the product/service to achieve “more ecologically efficient” status;
- compared with mainstream products on the market, and fulfilling a similar function, the product or service must offer significant advantages in terms of environmental/health performance and do so throughout its life-cycle.
A Diversified Range Adapting to Changes in the Market
To ensure that our products remain environmentally friendly over time, the Total Ecosolutions range is reviewed every year. If a product no longer meets the criteria, its accreditation is withdrawn.
Today, over 80 products and services are accredited under the program in the fields of:
- transportation (fuels, lubricants, washing);
- housing (resins, SunPower solar panels);
- agriculture (lubricants for agricultural vehicle engines, phytosanitary paraffin oils);
- packaging (resins);
- infrastructures (bitumen, drilling fluids);
- industrial manufacturing (solvents, metallizing systems).
The Total Ecosolutions program is one of the commitments Total has made to meet its customers' requirements, enabling them to improve their environmental footprint. The goal is to offer them a range of regularly improved and expanded products and services.
1 Source: Eurostat, “Greenhouse gas emissions in 2013 per EU-28 inhabitant”.
2 Source: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2007 and International Energy Agency (IEA) 2007.
3 L’Usine Nouvelle, 11/27/2015
4 These standards set specifications for environmental self-declarations relative to goods and services, with a particular emphasis on factoring in whole life cycles and providing the consumer with access to accurate, verifiable, relevant and reliable information.