French energy giant Total UK has become the first oil and gas major to receive an energy efficiency certification thanks to its work in the North Sea.
An ISO50001 certification is an international status that recognises improvement in cleaner energy performance.
In order to reach the standard, an organisation must show that it has a systematic approach to continually improving its energy efficiency.
Total UK introduced a number of energy saving measures, including introducing an energy management system that created dashboards which allow the company to see emissions from all its locations offshore, in Aberdeen and Shetland.
The firm plans to reach net-zero emissions across the its worldwide operations by 2050 and aims to reduce its CO2 emissions by 20% before 2025.
Jean-Luc Guiziou, managing director of Total UK said: “ISO50001 represents the highest standard for energy performance and I am proud that it has been awarded to Total E&P UK.
“It represents excellent work by our environmental team, who have brought in this new energy management system to increase transparency and improve our environmental performance.
“It is an important step fully in line with our commitment to reach Net Zero emissions in Europe by 2050, for scope 1, 2 and 3.”
Total last week announced the purchase of a 51% stake in the 120-turbine Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm, off the coast of Angus.
The development represents a near-£3 billion global investment for Total and developer SSE Renewables.