Energy is a key engine of development. Wherever it is available, it helps to drive progress. Making energy accessible to as many people as possible is central to our core business and is one of our responsibilities. We develop innovative solutions to offer communities who do not have access to electricity an affordable, reliable and sustainable source of energy that contributes to the fight against climate change.
Why it matters
Energy is a basic necessity in the same way as water or food, whether it is used to provide light or heat, keep goods fresh, or to get around. However, according to the World Bank1, more than 1.3 billion people still do not have access to electricity.
We are leveraging all our knowledge and our capacity for innovation to deliver energy to as many people as possible. Ultimately this requires modern solutions adapted to the individual needs of disadvantaged communities throughout the world.
This commitment is a cornerstone of our climate strategy. In the future, the countries most in need of energy will be those where access is currently limited and which have a high carbon energy mix2. Giving these communities the widest possible access to cleaner energy is a key factor in the fight against climate change.
1 Source: http://data.worldbank.org/products/wdi
2 The term energy mix refers to how final energy consumption breaks down by primary energy source.
Ensuring sustained access to energy through social entrepreneurship
For more than a decade now, our affiliates have been involved in various projects to provide access to energy to fuel disavantadged communities, including by recovering associated gas at our facilities and photovoltaic technology.
Backed by these initiatives, we have decided to go further to coordinate our initiatives more effectively and provide the population with a greener source of energy that is affordable and reliable.
In 2010, we launched the Total Access to Energy program, a project incubator that allows us to identify and test solutions to help these communities gain access to energy.
The program is aligned with a social entrepreneurship approach to develop socially beneficial and economically viable solutions.
Democratizing energy access through innovation
Our Awango by Total range of solutions is the first large-scale project to emerge from the Total Access to Energy program. Designed primarily for emerging markets, this range of photovoltaic solar products and services is designed for communities that don't have access to energy.
Millions of users from Africa to Asia benefit from a clean, reliable, affordable source of energy to light their villages and charge their cell phones.
New products and services are being developed to meet the needs of communities with little or no access to the grid. For example, we are testing fans and cooking equipment that would allow people to reduce air pollution when preparing their meals or cooling off their homes. Digital, micro-payment solutions based on the "pay as you go" concept are also being considered.
Ensuring access to energy also means fighting energy poverty and removing obstacles to mobility. Even in countries where everyone has access to energy, such as in Europe, a significant percentage of the population still has heating and transportation problems.
To address this issue, we launched a program called Fuel poverty and inclusive mobility in 2012 in France. Together with our public and private partners, we implement domestic energy upgrades and develop mobility solutions for the disadvantaged in order to facilitate their social and professional integration.
How do we help 23-year-old Léo attend job interviews? How do we help Maria, 74, get around and about? Learn more about our commitment to inclusive mobility.