At Total, we understand that being one of the world's largest energy suppliers brings with it enormous environmental, social and cultural responsibilities. We take our obligations very seriously, and we invest considerable time, energy and resources implementing action plans and assessing our performance so that we continuously improve. Industrial safety, supporting local development, securing the future of energy, environmental stewardship, and combating climate change are all critical challenges that Total is committed to meeting.
Total Gas & Power UK is committed to playing an active role in both the immediate local areas in which it is based, and in the wider world. In the UK, Total Gas & Power is involved in a wide variety of community projects focussed mainly on young people, the environment, and the arts.
Total Green School Awards
Total has a long history of engaging with and supporting the communities within which it operates. Forging a partnership with the charity Young People’s Trust for the Environment (YPTE) to create an exciting awards scheme has enabled both parties to work effectively to encourage excellence in environmental education for young people.
The Total Green School Awards enables primary school children (5–11 years) to take a proactive interest in the natural environment and the need for sustainability. The scheme runs from the start of the academic year until May, with an awards ceremony taking place in June at London Zoo attended by dignitaries and celebrities.
The four award categories enable teachers to introduce environmental learning to a wide range of subjects, from maths, science and technology to art and history. Learning is closely linked to the National Curriculum for England and Wales and Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence.
The relationship between Total, YPTE and the schools they work with has become a true partnership with considerable benefits seen for all involved. An amazing 1338% increase in engagement over a four year period has been seen so that in 2010-11, nearly 26,000 young students across the UK were actively involved in the programme.
We are very proud to announce that the Total Green School Awards won the UIAA Community Initiative of the Year in 2011.
Total Gas & Power has itself introduced a Cycle to Work scheme where staff receive financial assistance toward the purchase of cycles and cycling equipment. The Redhill business is actively involved in the East Area of Surrey Initiatives for Travel (Easit) Forum, a group of local businesses that promote ways to reduce traffic congestion. Measures include a 20% discount on local rail and bus route season tickets.
Total Gas & Power set up a charity committee in 2010 which meets quarterly to review and plan charitable support and educational sponsorship for the local community.