Reducing methane emissions: TotalEnergies deploys a global drone detection campaign

PARIS– (BUSINESS WIRE) –Regulatory News:

As part of its commitment to identify, measure and reduce methane emissions associated with its activities, TotalEnergies (Paris: TTE) (LSE: TTE) (NYSE: TTE) has launched a global campaign to detect and quantify its emissions by drone to all facilities Oil and Gas upstream powered. This campaign is based on AUSEA technology developed by TotalEnergies, the CNRS and the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne.

Since 2017, TotalEnergies has been working with its partners to develop a greenhouse gas measurement technology called AUSEA (for Airborne Ultralight Spectrometer For Environmental Applications). The AUSEA consists of a miniature double sensor, mounted on a drone, capable of detecting and quantifying methane and carbon dioxide emissions while determining the source of these emissions. This technology enables measurements at any type of industrial site, onshore and offshore. This is in addition to the measurements that can be made by conventional methods such as infrared cameras or ground sensors, and by satellite.

After being successfully tested at sites located in Nigeria, Italy, Republic of Congo and the Netherlands, AUSEA’s technology was deployed this year to all upstream Oil & Gas sites operated by TotalEnergies. The campaign began in early March at African offshore sites, it continues in South America and will reach Europe this summer. This campaign is an important step toward achieving the goals of reducing methane emissions at Company -operated sites by -50% in 2025 and -80% in 2030 compared to 2020.

“TotalEnergies is committed to moving toward Zero Methane. Considered the most accurate technology in the world today for detecting and measuring methane emissions, AUSEA will allow us to refine our emissions calculations and strengthen the steps needed to dramatically reduce our emissions and achieve the goals we set for ourselves.said Namita Shah, OneTech General Manager of TotalEnergies.

The development of AUSEA technology will also continue the transition from the current manual piloting mode to an autonomous piloting mode that will make it possible to increase the frequency of methane emission measurements. Its deployment will also be extended to other activities of the Company, specifically refineries.

Reducing methane emissions, a priority for TotalEnergies

The Company has already split its methane emissions at its sites operated between 2010 and 2020 by addressing all sources (combustion reduction, vents, fugitive emissions, etc.) and by boosting standards for the design of its new facilities.

In accordance with the Glasgow agreements, TotalEnergies has set its own new targets for reducing its powered methane emissions for the next decade: -50% in 2025 and -80% in 2030 compared to 2020. The Company is committed also in maintaining methane intensity at less than 0.1% at its gas -powered facilities.

The Company is also improving its reporting as part of the OGMP 2.0 program, a new phase ofOil & Gas Methane Partnership (OGMP) of the United Nations Environment Program. OGMP 2.0 defines a framework for reporting extended throughout the gas value chain and to the unmanaged perimeter: details of emissions by source, indication of inventory methods and aerial measurement campaigns. In this context, TotalEnergies in 2021 received status Gold Standard. TotalEnergies is also a signatory of Methane Guiding Principles.


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TotalEnergies is a global multi-energy company that produces and provides energy: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gas, renewables and electricity. Its more than 100,000 employees are committed to energy that is more affordable, cleaner, more reliable and accessible to as many people as possible. In more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies places sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of populations.

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