Climate: Our path towards a world with more energies and less emissions
The ambition of TotalEnergies is to lead energy transition, supplying increasingly cleaner, more reliable and affordable energy to as many people as possible. Therefore, continuous improvement of our environmental performance is one of the key pillars of our corporate strategy.
As a major player of the energy industry, we have been working for many years to reduce the GHG emissions associated with our activities. At the same time, we have proactively joined diverse national and international bodies to identify joint solutions intended to restrict the increase of global temperatures to less than 2°C.
Our Environmental Responsibility
The more we learn about the environment, the more likely it is for us to anticipate potential risks and implement adequate preventive actions.
Before starting a project, at Total Austral we conduct an environmental impact assessment to define the initial situation and establish, in detail, the potential impacts from our future operations. At the same time, we plan a set of actions intended to mitigate such potential impact both during project execution and during site remediation, upon project completion.
On preparing the environmental impact assessment we hold conversations with different society agents, including communities and local authorities. Thanks to that scientific approach supporting our operations we can understand, prevent and respond to environmental risks applying the most stringent standards and the best energy industry practices.
A commitment translated into actions
Since 2010, TotalEnergies has actively worked on the reduction of GHG emissions and on improving energy efficiency at its facilities.
Thus, the challenging ambition of TotalEnergies related to the reduction of emissions, is summarized in three large work areas, to wit:
- To be carbon emission neutral by 2050, at world level, as regards all emissions related to our operations (scope 1 & 2*), whether oil and gas production, refinery or transportation, distribution and commercialization activities. This ambition implies a strong change in our strategy upon analyzing and defining the development of new projects.
- To be carbon emission neutral, in Europe, not only as regards the emissions related to our operations (scope 1 & 2) but also as regards the emissions related to consumption of our products (scope 3*).
- To reduce by at least 60% the average carbon intensity of the energy products traded by TotalEnergies by 2050. That will lead us to develop products consistently reducing their emission levels and, at the same time, will allow consumers to emit les carbon on using them.
- Scope 1: Direct emissions from our operated sites (eg: use of liquid and gaseous fuels, gas flaring, venting, fugitive emissions).
- Scope 2: Indirect emissions from consumption and distribution of energy (eg: purchase of electric energy from the grid).
- Scope 3: All indirect emissions not included in scope 2 occurring in the Company’s value chain, upstream and downstream (eg: transportation and use of marketed products, purchase of goods and services, transportation and trips of employees, waste treatment).
In line with this commitment, a work team was formed at Total Austral to develop a roadmap of projects for reduction of GHG emissions both in Neuquén and in Tierra del Fuego, classified in Level 1 and Level 2 Projects.
Level 1 Projects include low investment capital initiatives which may be rapidly launched and which, in aggregate, have a strong impact on the reduction of the carbon footprint, to wit:
- New agreement for injection of chemicals: skid electrification and solarization (Neuquén). We started the migration to adopt a new chemical injection technology, replacing the use of gas pneumatic pumps for new multi-head solar or electric units.
- Enhanced availability of the Vapor Recovery Unit (VRU) at Rincón La Ceniza (Neuquén). The project implied improving the operation of this compressor, reducing venting.
- Optimized use of MP A/B turbines (Tierra del Fuego). We conducted an optimization survey of our turbine operation philosophy which allowed us to stop one of them at Cañadón Alfa plant, without affecting the gas potential and significantly reducing carbon emissions.
- Optimized electric generation at Río Cullen (Tierra del Fuego). After conducting a detailed analysis, we challenged the generation concept, which allowed us to stop a turbine generator at Río Cullen when we have only one Gas Lift compressor operating.
- Monitoring and repair of valves with leaks in Neuquén and Tierra del Fuego. Thanks to the valve monitoring plan, we managed to reduce leaks of gas which ended up being flared.
Level 2 Projects include large scale projects which demand significant survey, development and investment efforts in the medium and long term, to wit:
- A new high voltage line to operate the Aguada Pichana plant with renewable energy. Work is being done on the installation of a high voltage line connected to Loma Campana Transformer Station, which will allow us to gain access to the Sistema Argentino de Interconexión (SADI). Thus, we may replace the use of fuel gas generators for renewable energy generators and have a low emissions platform to feed the Aguada Pichana plant (Neuquén).
- Wind farm in Tierra del Fuego. We moved forward with development studies in this project, which is intended to install a wind farm close to our facilities to generate sufficient renewable energy to feed the Río Cullen and Cañadón Alfa plants.
- Recovery of Flared Gas. This development is aimed at recovering safety venting and blanketing gases of the Aguada Pichana (Neuquén) and Río Cullen (Tierra del Fuego) plants, which are currently flared through a recovery, compression and reinjection system.
Those projects are currently at the feasibility analysis stage and have not yet been approved by the relevant consortia.
Actions and Certifications
To manage our environmental impact, improve our energy efficiency and reduce our emissions are key targets for TotalEnergies. For such reason we have developed the Environmental Management System (SGA, by its acronym in Spanish), which provides the framework for the continuous improvement of our environmental performance. It is made up of a manual and seven general procedures which comprise each of the requirements to comply with the ISO 14001:2015 Standard. This international standard controls, audits and helps improve the environmental management operations of companies.
Thus, our SGA allows us to establish annual targets, taking into account legal requirements and environmental aspects and impacts derived from our activities to be able to be ISO 14001:2015 certified at all sites at which we operate.
As of today, all Total Austral sites are ISO 14001:2015 certified.
- Aguada Pichana
- San Roque
- Rincón la Ceniza
- City of Neuquén Offices
- Río Cullen and offshore activities (Hidra Norte, Hidra Centro, Carina, Aries and Vega Pléyade Rigs)
- Cañadón Alfa
- Río Grande Offices
- Punta Quilla Logistic Base (Province of Santa Cruz)
In turn, TotalEnergies Marketing Argentina has the following certifications:
- Environmental Management System: ISO 14001:2015 (certification obtained for the production of lubricants)
- Quality Management System: ISO 9001:2016 (certification obtained for the production of lubricants, sales and technical support) and IATF 16949 (certification obtained for the production of lubricants for the factory fill of automobiles, sales and technical support).
Current and Future Commitment
Environmental care is our main concern to develop a sustainable activity that can be maintained through time. In this regard, while specific objectives may vary from year to year, our final goal remains the same: to respect the environment and minimize environmental impact in each of the activities we carry out. It is TotalEnergies’ commitment to know, preserve and protect environmental biodiversity at those places where it carries out its activities. Total Austral conducts specific surveys in this regard and drafts biodiversity management plans aimed at the harmonious development of operations, especially protecting those species that are most sensitive or in risk according to their international classification (IUCN).
We consider that it is critical to foster an environmental culture shared by all of us at TotalEnergies Argentina. Therefore, on a daily basis we devote all our efforts to implement initiatives that lead us to continue consolidating as a pioneer company in the respect for the environment.
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