Improving energy efficiency

Operator at the top of the Regenerative Reformer, Donges Refinery Cyril LOUBERSAC, operateur extérieur  à la raffinerie de Donges

Energy consumption is a principal source of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. Continuously improving energy efficiency is a major driver to alter the trajectory of energy-related carbon emissions. At Total, we improve our operated facilities’ energy efficiency and offer customers workable solutions. 

Energy efficiency to cut our emissions

> 10 %
gain in our facilities’ energy efficiency since 2010

Energy efficiency is the key to the ongoing reduction of our direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, already 25% lower in our operated activities than they were in 2010.Less flaring and steps to optimize our facilities are what helped bring them down.

We have two priority focuses to keep improving: 

- Reducing routine flaring in our production activities. In 2000, we pledged that this practice would be eliminated in new developments. In 2014, we were the first company to join the World Bank in creating and launching the Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 project.This initiative brings together a number of oil and gas companies, producing countries and international institutions that share a common ambition: to end flaring of associated gas by 2030, including an interim target of 80% between 2010 and 2020. Total achieved that goal in 2017.

- Optimizing the energy efficiency of our facilities, to better manage their energy consumption and strengthen their performance. Our goal is to improve energy efficiency at our facilities by an average of 1% a year over the period 2010-2020. To do that, we have upgraded architectures and equipment and introduced innovative technology. For example, we installed systems to recover the heat from gas turbines, eliminating the need for heaters or boilers.

In February 2019, we set a goal to cut Scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas emissions at our operated oil and gas facilities from 46 million tons (Mt) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) in 2015 to 40 million tons in 2025. Scope 1 and 2 refer to the direct greenhouse gas emissions of operated sites and their indirect emissions from energy use, respectively. 

Energy efficiency for our customers

Over 10 Mt
of carbon emissions avoided since the Total Ecosolutions program launched in 2009

Around 85% of oil- and gas-related greenhouse gases are emitted during the end use of petroleum-based fuels, gas and other products, compared to just 15% during their production. So helping our customers shrink their carbon footprint — and lower their energy bill while they’re at it — is a key focus. We offer a line of solutions that is both comprehensive and diversified:

- Energy performance consulting. We offer customers an end-to-end approach to energy efficiency via our affiliate GreenFlex, a French specialist that helps businesses transition to new energies and improve their environmental performance. Our teams create workable, sustainable solutions combining consulting, personal support, data intelligence and financing to achieve concrete, sustainable outcomes.

- Our Total Ecosolutions program. Created in 2009, this label alerts our customers to the energy and eco-efficiency of our products and services. At end-2018, 97 of our products and services had been awarded the Total Ecosolutions label for their ability to significantly outperform the market standard across their life cycle.

Carbon offsetting, another commitment on behalf of the climate


The Adilabad biogas project aims to offset the carbon emissions of all plane travel by our employees, while improving the lives of 45,000 people in India.

In November 2017, we signed an agreement with Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s GoodPlanet Foundation to launch the Adilabad biogas project in the heart of India. Based on carbon offsetting*, it aims to install 8,400 biodigesters in the rural districts of Telangana. Designed for use by households, biodigesters utilize a fermentation process to convert livestock manure into biogas for cooking and hot water. The aim is to avoid 50,000 tons of carbon emissions per year for a decade, equal to the emissions of all plane travel undertaken by our employees.

*Carbon offsetting works by neutralizing the impacts of one ton of carbon emitted in one place through the reduction or storage of another ton of carbon emitted elsewhere.