We are committed to creating better energy by working to expand access to more efficient and sustainable energy. At Total, eco-efficiency means innovating at every step of the product life cycle, from development to manufacturing.
We work to improve the eco-efficiency of our products
Eco-efficiency is a central aspect of our research and development strategy. We continuously work to develop innovative solutions that optimize energy performance and reduce the environmental impact of our products. Our Total Excellium fuels and Fuel Economy lubricants are a great example of this. Developed through years of research, these products offer better engine protection while reducing both energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
Our Total Excellium diesel fuel and our wide range of Fuel Economy lubricants carry our Total Ecosolutions label. We introduced this label for products that deliver the same high quality along with a significantly superior environmental or health performance, notably because they consume fewer natural resources (including water and energy) than the standard offer. Since 2009, we have awarded the Total Ecosolutions label to more than 80 products and services. In 2015, these products helped cut CO2 emissions by 1.7 million metric tons, which is equivalent to the annual emissions of 190,000 European citizens.1
These products cover all of Total’s areas of expertise from plastics, resins, lubricants and fuels to washing solutions, special fluids and photovoltaic panels. To give an example, our bitumen for warm-mix asphalt helps customers reduce their energy use because they can produce and apply road coatings at a lower temperature.
1 Source: Eurostat, 2013 Greenhouse Gas Emissions per Capita, EU-28
Our eco-efficient products perform throughout their entire life cycle
Our research efforts aim to make our products more eco-efficient at every link in the value chain by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption, optimizing our use of resources and limiting our impact on ecosystems and health. We improve efficiency during the design, production, use and end-of-life stages while also making our facilities more energy efficient.
To give an example, we installed car washes with water recycling systems at more than 100 service stations in France to optimize water use. These systems substantially cut back the amount of clean water typically used during a car wash while maintaining the same high standard of quality.
We are always searching for ways to recover used products by offering reuse and recycling solutions. Our Osilub plant in France provides a perfect example: it recycles 120,000 metric tons of motor oil per year, or 50% of all motor oil collected in the country. Operating like a mini-refinery, the plant uses four liters of used oil to make three liters of base oil, which is then converted into lubricant.