TotalEnergies

Our analysis reveals how TotalEnergies’ climate plans fail to align with international commitments to phase out fossil fuels and to limit global temperature rise to 1.5ºC.

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How does TotalEnergies stack up?

We analyzed TotalEnergies' climate and sustainability pledges and plans on ten criteria across ambition, integrity, and people-centered transitions, representing minimum baselines for potential alignment with the Paris Agreement. TotalEnergies' climate pledges and plans are "Grossly Insufficient" on six criteria and "Insufficient" on the rest.
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  • Grossly insufficient
  • Insufficient
  • Partially aligned
  • Close to being aligned
  • Full aligned

AMBITION

INTEGRITY

PEOPLE-CENTERED TRANSITIONS

Our analysis reveals how TotalEnergies’ climate plans fail to align with international commitments to phase out fossil fuels and to limit global temperature rise to 1.5ºC.

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Stop exploration

Grossly insufficient

Stop approving new extraction projects

Grossly insufficient

Decline oil and gas production year-on-year to 2030

Grossly insufficient

Set explicit end-date for oil and gas extraction and long-term production phaseout plan, aligned with 1.5°C

Insufficient

Grossly insufficient

Grossly insufficient

Grossly insufficient

Insufficient

Set absolute target(s) to reduce all its greenhouse gas emissions, including value chain emissions

Insufficient

Do not rely on carbon sequestration or offsets

Grossly insufficient

Pursue methane reductions that serve climate goals, not greenwashing

Insufficient

End lobbying and ads that obstruct climate solutions

Grossly insufficient

Insufficient

Grossly insufficient

Insufficient

Grossly insufficient

Support and fund just transitions for workers and communities where it operates

Insufficient

Uphold human rights and Indigenous Peoples’ rights, including to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent

Grossly insufficient

Insufficient

Grossly insufficient

Stop exploration

Stop approving new extraction projects

Decline oil and gas production year-on-year to 2030

Set explicit end-date for oil and gas extraction and long-term production phaseout plan, aligned with 1.5°C

Set absolute target(s) to reduce all its greenhouse gas emissions, including value chain emissions

Do not rely on carbon sequestration or offsets

Pursue methane reductions that serve climate goals, not greenwashing

End lobbying and ads that obstruct climate solutions

Support and fund just transitions for workers and communities where it operates

Uphold human rights and Indigenous Peoples’ rights, including to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent

Grossly insufficient

Grossly insufficient

Grossly insufficient

Insufficient

Insufficient

Grossly insufficient

Insufficient

Grossly insufficient

Insufficient

Grossly insufficient

Ambition: Drilling for More Oil and Gas

TotalEnergies does not have a date set to stop exploration, stop approving new extraction projects, or end oil and gas production. TotalEnergies has not set a rapidly declining fossil fuel production target, and therefore its plans are dangerously out of step with climate goals.

TotalEnergies expressly aims to expand its oil and gas production by two to three percent each year from 2024 to 2028. The company stated plans to launch at least five new LNG projects and at least four new oil projects in its most recent annual report, including its proposed liquefied fossil gas project in Mozambique that has been described as a “mega-carbon bomb.”

It’s unthinkable to approve any new fossil fuel development when the majority of oil, gas, and coal in existing fields and mines must stay underground to keep warming to globally agreed limits.

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Historical Responsibility

  • 7 th

    TotalEnergies' Rank

    for most cumulative climate pollution in history among ALL investor-owned companies.

  • 17.6 billion

    Tonnes of CO2e Pollution

    linked to TotalEnergies' fossil fuel production since the 1930s.

  • $ 600 billion

    Amount TotalEnergies' Would Owe

    if the company were held partially accountable for the climate loss and damages caused by its pollution since 1985 alone.

We are very simple guys at TotalEnergies: we see giant resources, we cannot avoid trying to get in.

TotalEnergies CEO, Patrick Pouyanné

Integrity: Failing Climate Targets

Do TotalEnergies’ actions add up to a credible pathway to 1.5°C?

TotalEnergies has not set comprehensive targets to ensure its total emissions decline rapidly and consistently.

TotalEnergies’ emissions reduction pledges fall short of what is needed this decade to align with 1.5°C. In fact, the company can meet its 2030 target without even cutting its total climate pollution below current levels.

To meet its climate targets, TotalEnergies plans to rely heavily on the ‘net’ in ‘net zero’ investing in carbon capture and carbon offsets, which may prolong the life of fossil fuels, have a long track record of failure, and perpetuate injustice. Instead, oil and gas companies should take responsibility for reducing their oil and gas extraction and sales as rapidly as possible.

Meanwhile, there is evidence that TotalEnergies is lobbying against climate action, greenwashing, and otherwise maneuvering to undermine the energy transition.

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At a glance

  • 1971

    Year TotalEnergies was reportedly aware of climate consequences

    Despite reportedly becoming aware of the potential "catastrophic consequences" from increasing levels of fossil fuel pollution, TotalEnergies subsequently engaged in strategies that undermined and delayed climate action.

  • 9

    Industry associations lobbying against climate action

    TotalEnergies is a member of 9 industry associations that are "Misaligned" on climate policy as of May 2024.

    Source: InfluenceMap

People-Centered Transitions: Inadequately Preparing

While many companies have co-opted the language of ‘just transition’ from labor and climate justice movements in recent years, TotalEnergies rates “Insufficient” on its real-world just transition plans and “Grossly Insufficient” on upholding human rights.

TotalEnergies has engaged with the need for a just transition in a limited, partial way, and has adopted a human rights policy with limited safeguards — but faces ongoing allegations of human rights violations.

Independent analysis shows that TotalEnergies has inadequate policies to support and fund just transitions for workers and communities, and to uphold human rights and Indigenous Peoples’ rights.

Read the report for our full analysis and sources.

East African Crude Oil Pipeline

TotalEnergies is the lead company behind the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) from Uganda to Tanzania. Affected communities report that the project and related oil extraction projects have already displaced people from their land without timely or adequate compensation, and exacerbated economic and food insecurity. EACOP threatens water resources that more than 40 million people depend on for their livelihoods.

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