Combatting Global Warming
on All Fronts
In 2015, the COP 21 climate conference brought about a strong wave of public awareness, made official by commitments from a number of stakeholders with one major objective: limit global warming to less than 2°C by 2100. Achieving such an ambitious task means leveraging all available resources.
By 2035, our ambition is to have 20% of our portfolio made up of low-carbon businesses, while maintaining profitable growth in these areas.
Total Foundation has also undertaken projects to preserve and restore ecosystems that naturally store carbon, such as forests, mangroves, wetlands and soils.
the Lungs of the Planet
Forests, mangroves, wetlands and soils help regulate the climate naturally by playing an active role in carbon storage. This is particularly true of trees in old-growth forests, which can sequester CO2 efficiently. Wetlands and mangroves also offer protection against natural risks along coastlines (storms, submersion, rising waters, etc.) and host a high level of biodiversity. This gives these ecosystems a key role in mitigating and adapting to climate change.
However, weakened by repeated droughts, fires and outbreaks of disease, forests are bearing the full brunt of the initial effects of global warming. Every year, several million hectares of these ecosystems disappear, making it vital to commit to their preservation.
Mindful of these challenges in various regions, in France and worldwide, we support measures to restore damaged ecosystems as well as scientific research and campaigns to raise public awareness, particularly among young people.
for the Well-Being of Communities
In urban areas, vegetation contributes to quality of life for communities. Along the fringes of the Sahel, the disappearance of certain plant and animal species is threatening soil quality and depriving people of natural assets such as economic resources, arable land, cooler weather and humidity.
We are committed to working to restore forests and sensitive ecosystems to help fight climate change and thereby enhance the well-being of communities. In this endeavor, we place particular importance on local measures carried out in close cooperation with communities and based firmly on their needs.
Three Drivers to Ensure Far-Reaching and Lasting Action
Total Foundation takes action in three complementary ways:
- Globally, to help fight climate change by supporting initiatives that aim to preserve natural carbon storage capacity through the protection of forests, mangroves and wetlands, which are vital for the balance of our planet.
- Locally, by preserving and restoring biodiversity to protect local communities and their quality of life.
- Sustainably, by raising awareness among young people about protecting the environment.