Total and Rio+20



Twenty years after the inaugural Earth Summit in 1992, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), rebaptized “Rio+20" for the occasion, was held in Rio de Janeiro from June 20 to 22, 2012. This key meeting of global leaders, which coincided with the expiration of the Kyoto Protocol, allowed various representatives of civil society to make their voices heard and influence discussions focusing on two themes:
- A green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.
- The institutional framework for sustainable development.
Stakeholder forums held prior to the conference included:
- The Global Compact’s Corporate Sustainability Forum, at which Christophe de Margerie and Maria Fatima Jardim, Angola's Environment Minister, discussed Africa: Energy and Innovation as part of the CEOs and NGOs Views on Innovation for Sustainability session. (in French only)
- The Business Day organized by the Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD) 2012, at which Manoelle Lepoutre, Executive Vice President, Sustainable Development & Environment at Total, spoke during the IPIECA Oil & Gas session on Business Innovation: Access to Solar.
o Commitment: By 2015, provide access to lighting to 5 million low-income people thanks to reliable photovoltaic solar products supported by after-sale service and a recycling network.
Total also supported two side events:
- The Earth From Above exhibition by Yann Arthus-Bertrand in central Rio.
- The Oceans exhibition at the Alliance Française cultural center in Rio, to mark the inauguration of its new high environmental quality (HQE)-certified premises.

« The summit was an opportunity for dialogue and discussions with different stakeholders. The decisions that came out of the event represent steps forward, even if they fall somewhat short of the challenges confronting us. Total is more committed than ever to sustainable development. »
Manoelle Lepoutre, Executive Vice President, Sustainable Development & Environment.


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