Polyethylene Lumicene® M3427 awarded the Total Ecosolutions label for artificial grass sports fields

Brussels, February 22, 2016 - Polyethylene Lumicene® M3427 is used for the manufacture of artificial grass yarn whose main application is synthetic turf for sports fields. Turf carpets constructed with these yarns demonstrate a resistance to fibrillation twice as high as market reference octene-based linear low density polyethylene. This was evidenced by extended Lisport testing according to EN 15336 and results were confirmed by leading yarn producers. The gain in lifetime of the sports field can be estimated at >50%.

Based on this gain, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by 33% per year for a full size football field used at typical playing intensity (1500 hours per year). For one field, this represents a savings of 63 GJ in non-renewable energy demand and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 2.7 t CO2-eq per year.

The significant environmental improvement that Lumicene M3427 provides has been recognized and awarded with the Total Ecosolutions label. This eco-label is based on international ISO 14020 and 14021 standards governing environmental claims, particularly the accuracy of these claims. The compliance of the labeling process for Lumicene M3427 with these standards has been verified by an external independent auditor.

Lumicene M3427 is a metallocene linear low density polyethylene (mLLDPE) based on Total’s proprietary metallocene polyethylene (mPE) technology. Lumicene mLLDPE is characterized by exceptional mechanical properties - such as high environmental stress crack resistance (ESCR), high dart impact strength, high Elmendorf tear resistance - and optical properties - such as high transparency and high gloss - whilst enabling high processing speeds. Its benefits to Total customers and end users are widely recognized in a host of applications and markets like multilayer packaging films, caps & closures, rotomolding and artificial grass.

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The Refining & Chemicals division of Total, a leading international oil and gas company, combines refining and petrochemical activities with specialty chemicals and employs almost 45,000 people worldwide. The division is Europe’s leading refining company and second largest petrochemical manufacturer. It boasts 14 refineries, 26 petrochemical and over 110 specialty plants around the world. It produces and provides its customers with a wide range of petroleum products, chemical-based products and polymers, which are aimed at a wide range of industrial and commercial markets.

About Total Ecosolutions

The Total Ecosolutions program is aimed at developing innovative products and services to help our customers, both business and consumer, reduce their environmental footprint by consuming less and better. The Total Ecosolutions label is awarded to Total products and services whose environmental or health performance on whole life cycle outperforms the market standard (reducing consumption of energy, water and other resources or environmental impact). The labeling process is based on international ISO 14020 and 14021 standards governing environmental claims, particularly the accuracy of these claims, and the compliance of the labeling process with these standards is verified by an external independent auditor.

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