The energy with the least impact is the energy you don't use. This maxim neatly sums up the whole idea of energy efficiency, which is to make industrial, commercial and personal activities less energy intensive. Total has set long-term objectives to support this ambition, spearheaded, among others, by R&D.
In its report entitled Energy Efficiency: A Straight Path Towards Energy Sustainability, the World Energy Council lists the numerous ways to make energy production and use more efficient and thereby lower the carbon intensity of all industrialized countries. We need to initiate or step up measures to curb the consumption of energy by being smarter about how we use it.
In the race to become more energy efficient, energy companies have an even more critical role to play. On the one hand, they are responsible for the energy used (and emissions produced) by their own facilities when they import, produce, transport and transform primary energy. On the other, most of the carbon footprint left by their products is created when customers use the final energy these products deliver.