Energy is vital to economic development and improved standards of living. Wherever it is available, energy is helping to drive progress, but sustainability requires changes in the way that it is used and managed. This is the environment in which we conduct our business. With operations in more than 130 countries, Total is a top-tier international oil company and a world-class natural gas operator, refiner, petrochemical producer, and fuel and lubricant retailer. We are also broadening our offering by developing energies that can partner oil and gas — today, solar energy, in which we are a world leader, and tomorrow, biomass.
Total’s history began in the 1920s, with the creation of Compagnie Française des Pétroles (CFP). At the time we produced oil in the Middle East. Over the years we expanded internationally and diversified into refining, petroleum product marketing, and chemicals. After nearly 100 years of growth and development, we are now a leading global energy company, on the cutting edge of innovation.