We deploy the necessary resources to preserve biodiversity everywhere we operate and focus on ensuring the sustainability of ecosystems and the services they provide to local communities. Total is active in more than 130 countries and in extremely varied ecosystems. For this reason, our approach to biodiversity is designed to provide a targeted response for each specific situation.
Why it matters
Biodiversity: our approach and our guidelines for daily action
Our very clear objective is to avoid impacting biodiversity as much as possible everywhere we operate throughout the entire life cycle of our facilities and products.
We do this by:
- Taking tangible measures to avoid, reduce, mitigate and, when necessary, compensate for any loss of biodiversity. We deploy this approach throughout the project life cycle to minimize the impact of our operations on biodiversity and, if the situation allows, help create a positive impact.
- Taking ecosystem sensitivity into account. From the design phase, every Group project must assess biodiversity risk through a baseline study and an impact study. We implement enhanced assessment and monitoring procedures in regions where biodiversity is particularly sensitive and have made a voluntary commitment to refrain from operating in certain regions. Lastly, we are particularly attentive to ecosystem services that are related to water resources and that could be affected by climate change.
Sensitive Habitats: Our Commitment
Total has made a commitment to refrain from prospecting or exploiting oil and gas in natural sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as of December 31, 2017. Total also rules out any exploration in oil fields located in the Arctic icepack area.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Total operates near Virunga National Park, a fragile wilderness area.
- Managing biodiversity. Our environmental management system (EMS) systematically integrates the management of risks and impacts on biodiversity. We apply stringent environmental requirements that are sometimes even stricter than current legislation and regulations. This risk is regularly monitored at every stage of the project, until the last unit is dismantled.
- Reporting. Total reports to its stakeholders on its performance with regard to biodiversity.
Find out more on our Sustainable Performance site.
Yemen LNG: Coral at the Center of Our Marine Biodiversity Action Plan
Deepening knowledge about biodiversity
It is essential that we gain a better understanding of ecosystems, and scientific research has a key role to play in this effort. Our environment teams at our headquarters, affiliates and the Lacq survey and research center in southern France are involved in the drive to deepen our knowledge about biodiversity.
In France, as a member of the French business association Entreprises pour l’Environnement (EpE), we are part of the collective initiative called act4nature. We are making ten biodiversity-related undertakings and have added six more of our own.