Five commitments to the circular economy

02/01/2017
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What if we repaired, recycled and reused instead of simply throwing things away? That's the idea behind the circular economy, one of the headline topics at a conference organized by French business association AFEP on February 1, 2017. Thirty-three companies including Total came together to integrate this approach into their operations. Here’s a closer look at our commitments:

  • Commitment no. 1: Include a circular economy criterion in the Company's purchasing policies.
    • Take the energy efficiency, material efficiency and sustainability of products into consideration in our purchases.
  • Commitment no. 2: Reduce waste and use waste as a resource.
    • Recover more than 50% of our waste and implement waste reduction and zero waste to landfill programs at our sites.
  • Commitment no. 3: Develop polymers containing up to 50% recycled plastic.
    • Manufacture new ranges of polymers incorporating recycled polymers. Recycling one metric ton of polymers reduces CO2 emissions by one metric ton.
  • Commitment no. 4: Equip 5,000 service stations worldwide with solar panels, including 800 in France.
    • Install potential capacity of 200 MW, or the equivalent of the energy used by a city of 200,000 people. This will also allow Total to reduce its CO2 emissions by 100,000 metric tons each year.
  • Commitment no. 5: Improve the average energy efficiency of the industrial facilities operated by Total by 1% a year between 2010 and 2020.
    • This will allow us to reduce both our oil and gas consumption and our greenhouse gas emissions.