Reduction of methane emissions: Global drone detection campaign

Reduction of methane emissions: TotalEnergies deploys a global drone detection campaign

Paris, May 16, 2022 – As part of its commitment to identify, quantify and reduce methane emissions related to its activities, TotalEnergies has launched a global campaign to detect and quantify its emissions by drone at all its Oil & Gas facilities. Gas upstream operated. This campaign is based on the 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). AUSEA consists of a miniature double sensor, mounted on a drone, capable of detecting and quantifying methane and carbon dioxide emissions while identifying the source of these emissions. This technology allows measurements on any type of industrial site, onshore and offshore. It is complementary to the measurements that can be made by conventional techniques such as infrared cameras or sensors on the ground, and by satellite.

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

“T otalEnergies is committed to moving towards 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 measures necessary to further reduce our emissions and achieve the goals we have set for ourselves. set ,” said Namita Shah, OneTech General Manager of TotalEnergies .

The development of the AUSEA technology will also continue to switch from the current manual piloting mode to an autonomous piloting mode which will make it possible to increase the frequency of methane emission measurements. Its deployment will also be extended to the Company’s other activities, particularly in refineries.

Reducing methane emissions, a priority for TotalEnergies 

The Company has already halved its methane emissions on its sites operated between 2010 and 2020 by tackling all sources (reduction of burning, vents, fugitive emissions, etc.) and by strengthening the criteria for design of its new facilities.

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

The Company is also improving its reporting within the framework of the OGMP 2.0 program, a new phase of the Oil & Gas Methane Partnership (OGMP) of the United Nations Environment Programme. OGMP 2.0 defines a reporting framework extended to the entire gas value chain and to the non-operated scope: details of emissions by source, indication of inventory methodologies and aerial measurement campaigns. In this context, TotalEnergies received Gold Standard status in 2021. TotalEnergies is also a signatory of the Methane Guiding Principles.

About TotalEnergies
TotalEnergies is a global multi-energy energy production and supply company: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity. Its more than 100,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, cleaner, more reliable and accessible to as many people as possible. Present 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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