Climate Change


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Total appears to be increasingly supportive of action on climate change although continues to oppose certain climate change policies. During the run up to COP21, Total CEO Patrick Pouyanné signed an open letter to policy makers stressing the “urgent need” to address climate change through an “ambitious” international agreement. In 2016 Total also joined the World Bank Carbon Pricing Leadership coalition and has publicly supported carbon pricing mechanisms. In 2013 Total directly advocated against dramatic emissions reduction targets and against EU renewable energy and energy efficiency in consultation in 2015. Similar opposition was expressed in 2014 by CEO Patrick Pouyanné when he signed a joint letter to the then President of the European Commission Jose Barroso advocating for weaker EU GHG emissions targets. Whilst it has communicated support for emission trading in 2015 as well as advocated for an increase in the EU ETS carbon price in 2016, Total took legal action against the EU ETS in 2014 over the limiting of free allowances. This opposition was again reflected in its consultation with the EU Emission Trading System Directive in March 2015 when Total stressed the threat of ‘carbon leakage’ to advocate against reforms designed to increase the effectiveness of the ETS such as the Cross-Sectoral Correction Factor. Despite recent media communication suggesting support for the transition of the energy mix, Total has communicated a position generally supportive of a sustained role for high GHG emitting energy sources to its investors. Furthermore, Total still appears to hold executive authority over a number of trade associations, including the chair of CEFIC and Energy Programme Council, as well as membership of MEDEF's Executive Council, which consistently oppose climate change policy.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency 2 2 2 1 NS 1 1 NA
Climate Science Stance 0 2 NA -2 NS -1 NS NA
Need for climate regulations NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
UN Treaty Support 0 1 NA -1 2 1 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation 0 NA 1 NA NA NA NS 0
Carbon Tax 1 NS 1 NS 1 0 NS NA
Emissions Trading -2 NS 0 -1 NS 0 NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards 1 -2 -2 -2 NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation NS -2 -2 -2 -2 NS NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix 0 0 NS NS NS 0 -2 NA
GHG Emission Standards 1 -1 1 1 NS NS NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships -1 NS -1 NA NA NA NS 1
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How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.