CEO Graeme Burnett at the YMCA Jingle Bell Run Kickoff
I want to thank the YMCA for inviting us to be a part of this wonderful event today. We are both happy and proud to again be the lead sponsor for the Jingle Bell Run & Walk in 2012.
Total is one of the world’s largest integrated oil and gas companies with operations in more than 130 countries and about 100,000 employees throughout the globe. Today, I am here representing our United States operations, which include a variety of interests in the energy industry – from exploration to production, refining and chemicals, trading, gas and power.
As the title sponsor, our commitment to the YMCA is a slightly different type of energy that we want to create – it is about developing energy in our communities. We believe partnering with the YMCA helps nurture the potential of our youth and supports our neighbors to build a stronger community. And Total is committed to fostering a positive energy in all of the areas where we work and live.
The YMCA’s long-standing mission to build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all is in parallel with our company’s priorities to improve health and wellness – not only for our own employees but also for our community.
The 2012 Total Jingle Bell Run & Walk is a great opportunity for our company to be a part of both of those initiatives – raising money for the YMCA to help build a better community and promoting health and wellness throughout Houston. That is something we should all want to be a part of.
You know, it will have been nearly three years this December since Houston has seen Mother Nature’s blanket the ground with snow. And while it is incredible to see it here today, I can tell you we don’t need the
Total CEO Graeme Burnett addresses the audience and the media at the Jingle Bell Run kickoff at Discovery Green.
snow on December 9th to bring the holiday spirit to the streets of downtown Houston. The Total Jingle Bell Run & Walk will cover the downtown with excitement and an energy dedicated to health, wellness and our sense of a strong community.
I am committed to the mission and I am asking you all to join me as I register – in just a few minutes – for the 2012 Total Jingle Bell Run & Walk.
Thank you for your time and I hope to see each of you at the registration table and at the event on December 9th.
CEO Graeme Burnett Unveiling Event with Houston Mayor
Thank you for inviting me here today. It gives me a great deal of pleasure to join Mayor Parker in the launch of a polystyrene densifier and compactor.
Total takes our commitment to the environment seriously. The donation of this equipment speaks to just a fraction of Total’s goal worldwide to reduce the pressure a product exerts on resources and the environment over its entire life – from extraction of raw materials to disposal at the end of its life, such as populating our landfills.
Reducing the production of waste and finding the best treatment options for waste that cannot be avoided are two challenges that carry critical stakes for our industry. As such, Total is engaged in all three aspects of what is known as the “3R” policy:
• Reduction of waste at the source: designing products and processes that generate as little waste as possible
• Re-use of products for a similar purpose
• Recycling and recovery of the greatest possible share of “unavoidable” waste.
Throughout the world, Total is involved in large-scale campaigns and initiatives that echo the “3R” policy and are aimed at limiting the environmental impact of plastics consumption. One such program is an annual effort to collect household packaging waste in France’s summer vacation resorts.
In the United States, Total Energy Ventures acquired a stake in Agilyx, a start-up that has developed an innovative process to convert waste plastics into synthetic crude oil. The first production facility, capable of processing around 10 metric tons of plastic per day, is already up and running.
The benefits of recycling plastics are undeniable.
Recycling 1 ton of plastic in general saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space. And because the density makeup of polystyrene foam is 90 percent air, the space saved multiplies exponentially when those materials are recycled.
The environmental impact of recycling plastics goes beyond waste. In fact, 1 metric ton of plastic saves 5,774 kWh of energy, 16.3 barrels of oil and 98 million btu’s of energy.
We are here today to talk about how this piece of equipment, which we will unveil shortly, will contribute to alleviating our landfills and conserving our raw materials. The polystyrene our company produces is used to make plastics and polystyrene foam packaging. Polystyrene foam is actually more than 90 percent air that, from the start, conserves natural resources. And, because it effectively insulates, it is popular to keep cold products cold, and hot products hot.
While this popular material has always been recyclable, the material is so light that, with transportation costs, it didn’t always make economic sense to recycle. As a result, most polystyrene foam, once used, has ended up in landfills.
The environmental challenges we face today are enormous. Companies cannot overcome these challenges alone. It is only by listening and working with our stakeholders, such as the representatives from the City of Houston, as well as maintaining constructive dialogue with them that we
Top photo – Total CEO Graeme Burnett at a City of Houston unveiling of a donated recycling machine. Bottom photo – Total CEO and Houston Mayor Annise Parker unveil the densifier equipment donated by Total.
can hope to develop appropriate solutions together.
Over the past two years, we have worked closely with the city on how this process can enhance your many recycling efforts. Today, Mayor Parker, we are thrilled to be your partner to bring this technology to the citizens and businesses of our city.
This polystyrene densifier is specifically designed to compact polystyrene foam into a much smaller size that will make it economically feasible to recycle this material just as other plastics can be recycled.
Thanks to our partnership, Houstonians can bring used polystyrene foam to the Westpark Recycling Center, along with other recyclables, where it will be compacted and made ready for reuse. Now a great amount of densified polystyrene foam will get a new lease on life as, for example, replacement for wood in picture frames, crown molding, base boards and other applications.
Mayor Parker, thank you for this opportunity to partner with the City on an effort close to our priorities as a business, and representative of our commitment to the Houston community and the environment.