Our commitments for Lubricants


TOTAL's commitment focuses in particular on product safety and related operations in order to limit their environmental impact :

  • Safety of processes and of product transportation,
  • Prevention and control of risks of accident,
  • Control of pollutant emissions into the air and water,
  • Reducing the risks of accidental pollution,
  • Monitoring the impact of products on the environment throughout their life cycle,
  • Protecting biodiversity through the development of biodegradable products

The ecological issues related to global warming, and more generally the efforts to control pollution have caused an unprecedented revolution in the automotive industry. Control of exhaust gases has become essential to meeting the regulatory changes designed to safeguard the environment. TOTAL Lubricants have teamed up very early with other stakeholders in dedicating large-scale Research and Development resources to the initiative, resulting, for example, in the widest range of Low SAPS lubricants on the market today.

Why we have to use new lubricants

In response to the environmental options adopted by the European Union, automakers have largely focused their R&D on clean-up techniques.

New systems capable of reducing the particulate emissions generated by diesel engines have been developed, known as Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF).

Their purpose is to trap the particles, which are detected as they accumulate by a sensor, triggeringthe injection of fuel in order to burn them.

All of these developments represent new challenges for lubricant manufacturers, which must adapt to the physicochemical conditions of post-processing systems! But this requires a genuine technological breakthrough: the constituents traditionally used to manufacture a lubricant are relatively incompatible with the new DPF systems...

Clean vehicles

Innovation for your fleet of city vehicles!

Much of the energy consumed by human beings is used for transport. High-performance products, combined with advanced technology, will make our cities cleaner and our modes of transportation more efficient.

Aim: Clean air

As we enter the new millennium, 80% of the people living in Europe are located in cities in which car traffic is continually growing (the European Commission has forecast growth of 40% by 2030). Given this situation, many of the major cities have undertaken to develop measures to reduce transport-related pollution, such as the use of clean vehicles.

Three solutions are commonly used today: gas propulsion, with LPG (liquefied petroleum gas), CNG (Compressed Natural Gas for vehicles) and diesel engines equipped with particulate filters (DPF) operating with a desulfurized diesel oil of the Aquazole type.

The TOTAL solution: tailor-made control of urban pollution

Anticipating European environmental regulations, the TOTAL group has developed a tailor-made solution for urban transport in response to the ecological, technical and economic requirements of urban fleet managers using clean vehicles.

OSILUB: breakthrough innovation for sustainable development

In the field of used oil regeneration, the OSILUB project is a significant breakthrough.

Two international groups, TOTAL & VEOLIA, sharing the same vision of sustainable development and of their environmental responsibility, have signed a partnership: OSILUB.

OSILUB’s first milestone involves building a production facility in France (Le Havre) to recycle used oils.

120,000 tons of used motor oil – representing 50% of all the used oil generated in France – will be treated in the OSILUB facility. The OSILUB project stands out for its innovative approach. In the past, used oils were either mostly used as fuel oil or regenerated into re-refined base oil. With OSILUB, the used oil will be regenerated up to the VGO (Vacuum Gasoil) stage, and then sent to the nearby Total refinery where it will be used as raw material either for fuel or for base oil production.



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