Environment

Stepped-up reduction of our sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions

Discharges to water

Hydrocarbon content of our onshore and inshore discharges (excluding Specialty Chemicals), in metric tons

  • 2011: 380
  • 2012: 437
  • 2013: 306
  • 2014: 295 (-22% between 2011 and 2014)
  • 2017: 228

Objective: Reduce the hydrocarbon content of our onshore and inshore discharges by 40% between 2011 and 2017 (excluding Specialty Chemicals).

Air emissions

Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions, in thousands of metric tons

  • 2010: 99
  • 2011: 91
  • 2012: 79
  • 2013: 75
  • 2014: 65 (-34% between 2010 and 2014)

Objective: Reduce SO2 emissions by 20% between 2010 and 2017.
On track to meet target ahead of schedule.

Off-limits areas

On June 4, 2013, we pledged that we would not explore for or produce oil and gas in sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Moreover, Total has no intention at this time of conducting oil exploration operations in the Arctic ice pack, given that current techniques cannot guarantee an acceptable level of control over the consequences of an oil spill.

Certifications
Certifications 2012 2013 2014
Number of ISO 14001- certified sites 305 314 305
Percentage of environmentally sensitive sites certified ISO 14001
that emit more than 10,000 metric tons per year of greenhouse gases
and that have been operating for more than two years
98 100 100
Emissions
Emissions 2012 2013 2014
Nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, in thousands of metric tons 88 91 93
Water
Water 2012 2013 2014
Freshwater withdrawals (excluding once-through cooling water),
in millions of cubic meters
143 126 112
Percentage of sites (excluding Marketing) in water stressed regions 49 49 53*
Chemical oxygen demand (COD) in water discharged
by Specialty Chemicals, in metric tons
275 270 172
Oil spills
Oil spills 2012 2013 2014
Oil spills 219 169 129
Total volume of oil spilled, in thousands of cubic meters 2.0 1.8 5.8
Spill response
Spill response 2012 2013 2014
Number of sites for which a risk assessment has identified
the risk of a significant spill to water surfaces
- 150 155
Percentage of sites with an operational oil spill response plan - 87 90
Percentage of sites that conducted at least one oil spill
response exercise during the year
- 82 82
Waste treatment
Waste treatment 2012 2013 2014
Hazardous waste treated offsite, in thousands of metric tons 237 232 223
Percentage of waste by disposal method
Recycling 38 37 47
Energy recovery 9 7 9
Incineration 12 12 8
Landfill 20 23 20

* Percentage calculated using the 2015 edition of the Global Water Tool.