Measuring our impact
In line with Goal 7, "Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all", Total is constantly seeking to adjust its product range to meet market needs. To do this it needs to measure its impact.
Total Access To Energy Solutions bases its results on various indicators such as the number of people using lanterns, the savings made and the greenhouse gas emissions avoided.
In the previous impact study carried out in 2017, 89% of users surveyed said that their solar lantern had significantly improved their living conditions.
As well as improving daily life for users, TATES is committed to minimizing its environmental impact. It has carried out a life cycle assessment of its products and introduced recycling solutions in all countries where such systems are available.
LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT
Total's Access to Energy program is part of a broader responsible approach that particularly prioritizes the environmental impact of our products.
We use life cycle assessment (LCA), a recognized analysis method designed to reduce the footprint of our product range.
LCA quantifies the overall impact of a product, from the extraction of the raw materials needed to make it to its end of life, via the various stages of distribution and use. Another aim of this strategy is to reduce our production of waste and increase waste recovery.
THE RECYCLING PROCESS
Some waste is unavoidable. We are committed to maximizing the recovery of this waste and developing recovery schemes for end-of-life products.
In 2015, we joined forces with WEEE Centre in Kenya with the aim of dismantling products and recovering their components. This firstly required the introduction of a collection system. Local subsidiaries are now tasked with collecting products that are faulty or have reached the end of their life.
Giving these products a second life will involve introducing effective treatment systems to recycle and/or recover the associated waste. In 2018, a new three-way partnership was concluded between Total, WEEE Centre and Aceleron in a bid to address this issue by proposing second-life batteries, which would reduce the environmental and societal impact of our electronic products.