Friday, October 23, 2020

Total Puerto Rico donates thousands of solar lamps

By on September 23, 2020

Total and Red Cross representatives pose with the donated lamps (Courtesy)

Distributed by Red Cross to communities in case of outages amid hurricane season

SAN JUAN – Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp. donated nearly 4,000 solar lamps to the Puerto Rico Red Cross for distribution to vulnerable communities in the event an atmospheric event leaves sectors of the island with no electric service.

“This important donation is part of the program Total Access to Energy. It reflects our commitment to become the responsible energy major, producing modern energy that is accessible, reliable and sustainable,” said Juan José Raga, general manager of Total Petroleum Puerto Rico.

In its news release, Total said the lamps “that have been distributed will allow people to light their homes, and allow them to study at night, charge mobile phones, radios, and fans,” adding that these “will ease daily life in the homes” that receive the donation. 

“During the past three years, we have supported the Puerto Rico Red Cross. This donation is an example of our commitment to supporting communities during a period of great need through an organization that has proved its capacity to provide disaster relief,” Raga added.

Total produces and markets fuels, natural gas and low-carbon electricity while employing 100,000 people in more than 130 countries.

Total Petroleum Puerto Rico has more than 200 gas stations in Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, along with 70 Bonjour convenience stores. The company has aviation terminal installations in Puerto Rico and St. Thomas as well.

The Marketing & Services division of Total develops and markets products primarily derived from crude oil. Its 31,000 employees are in 107 countries, and its products and services offers are sold in 150 countries. It has more than 14,000 service stations in 62 countries and says it is the world’s fourth largest distributor of lubricants and the leading distributor of petroleum products in Africa, and operates 50 production sites worldwide where it manufactures lubricants, bitumen, additives, special fuels and fluids.

“Human-induced global warming is a reality, and everyone will have to do their part to limit its impact. At Total, as a major energy player, we have integrated climate into the core of our strategy. It is now our ambition to get to net-zero emissions by 2050 together with society, a goal aligned with our purpose to provide energy that is more reliable, affordable and clean to as many people as possible,” the company said, adding that it is “reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with our operations, offering an energy mix with gradually diminishing carbon intensity, developing new technologies and supporting initiatives that address climate challenges.”