Total

InfluenceMap Score
D
Performance Band
50%
Organisation Score
43%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
Paris, France
Brands and Associated Companies
Elf Aquitaine
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Total has communicated a more positive position on certain climate-motivated policies since 2015, although continues to advocate an energy policy agenda focused around fossil fuels. Furthermore, the company retains memberships to a number of powerful trade associations engaged in active opposition of climate regulations. In line with its efforts to project itself as a “responsible energy major”, Total has stated support for an energy mix “in line with the IEA’s 2°C scenario and whose carbon intensity declines steadily.” In 2017, Total supported emission standards to ensure the phase-out of coal in EU capacity markets. Total also supports the implementation of a carbon price between 30-40 USD and has stated support for policies including the emission trading system (EU ETS) and a carbon price floor in Europe, as well as a carbon tax & dividend plan in the US. However, the carbon tax policy supported by the company in the US appears to come with the caveat that other regulations, including the US Clean Power Plan, are rolled back. In its 2018 CDP disclosure Total stated that it supports “one single EU-wide GHG emissions reduction target”, although this suggests the company has not supported increasing separate targets for energy efficiency, for example. Total is supporting measures to transition from coal to gas power but rejects the notion of gas as a transition fuel, instead promoting it as a long-term energy solution. The company does not appear to support urgency on decarbonizing the global energy mix and Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne has opposed the “unrealistic idea of an abrupt transition.” Total retains membership of trade associations including Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA), all of which have actively lobbied against variety of climate change policies. Patrick Pouyanne does not appear to support a significant shift to electricity in the transport sector and Total retains membership of trade associations including the API, the AFPM and FuelsEurope that lobbied against progressive policy to promote electric vehicles in the US and EU in 2017-2018.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency 1 2 NS 1 NS 2 1 NA
Climate Science Stance 0 2 NA -2 NS 0 NS NA
Need for Climate Regulation NS NS NS NS 1 1 NS NA
UN Treaty Support 0 1 NA -1 2 0 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation 0 NA 0 NA NA NA NS NS
Carbon Tax 1 NS 1 NS 1 0 NS NA
Emissions Trading 0 NS 0 -1 1 0 NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards 1 -2 -2 -2 NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation NS -2 -1 0 -2 NS NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix 0 0 NS 0 0 0 -1 NA
GHG Emission Standards 0 1 1 0 -2 NS NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships 0 NS -1 NA NA NA NS NS
Climate Lobbying Governance NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
18%
 
18%
 
41%
 
41%
 
39%
 
39%
 
37%
 
37%
 
63%
 
63%
 
28%
 
28%
 
46%
 
46%
 
26%
 
26%
 
32%
 
32%

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.