The Group intends to increase R&D in all of its sectors through cross-functional themes and technologies. Attention is paid to synergies of R&D efforts between business units.
The Group has twenty-two R&D sites worldwide and has developed approximately 1,000 partnerships with other industrial groups and academic or highly specialized research institutes. TOTAL also has a permanently renewed network of scientific advisors worldwide who monitor and advise on matters of interest to the Group’s R&D activities. Long-term partnerships with universities and academic laboratories, deemed strategic in Europe, the United States, Japan and China, as well as innovative SMEs are part of the Group’s approach.
Each segment is developing an active intellectual property activity, aimed at protecting its innovations, allowing its activity to develop without constraints as well as facilitating its partnerships. In 2014, more than 300 new patent applications were filed by the Group.