Our priority is to recycle all unavoidable waste while reducing the amount of waste we produce. This helps minimize our environmental footprint and save resources for future generations. To this end, we recycle more than half of the waste we produce and are determined to further our efforts in this area.
Designing products to limit their environmental footprint
We reduce the amount of waste produced at source by promoting awareness and improving the design of our products, services and processes. We also take steps to keep the waste they generate to a minimum, notably through the use of life-cycle assessments (LCAs), a recognized tool for environmental analysis. LCAs enable us to assess the environmental impact of a product from the raw material extraction phase through to distribution, use and end of life.
In 2009, we launched the Total EcoSolutions Program to promote the development of products and services that would help our customers consume less and better. The Total EcoSolutions label is awarded to products that outperform the market standard in terms of environmental or health impact over their entire lifecycle. Nearly 100 products have been awarded the Total EcoSolutions label as of end-2018.
Supporting industrial channels for waste recycling and recovery
Some waste is unavoidable. That's why Total supports the development of recycling and recovery channels for our end-of-life products, such as used oils or plastics.
To start, this requires selective waste sorting and collection, which can be organized by local councils and authorities. To encourage the sector's development in France, Total helped found Valorplast.
To ensure the waste collected is given a second life, an industrial scale approach is required, with the creation of processing channels specialized in waste recycling and/or recovery. To this end, we liaise with experts in the sector and local authorities, and support the best initiatives in this area. This approach is helping to foster the emergence of a structured recycling and recovery sector.