Total adopts a new climate ambition to get to net zero by 2050

Source: press release, 5 May 2020

photo: Total
photo: Total

Total has announced its ambition to get to net-zero emissions by 2050 together with society for its global business across its production and energy products used by its customers.

Through a joint statement developed between Total S.A. and institutional investors – as participants in the global investor initiative Climate 100+ – Total takes 3 major steps towards achieving this ambition:

  • Net Zero across Total’s worldwide operations by 2050 or sooner (scope 1+2).
  • Net Zero across all its production and energy products used by its customers in Europe by 2050 or sooner (scope 1+2+3).
  • 60% or more reduction in the average carbon intensity of energy products used worldwide by Total customers by 2050 (less than 27.5 grams of carbon dioxide per megajoule (CO2/MJ)) – with intermediate steps of 15% by 2030 and 35% by 2040 (scope 1 + 2 + 3).

This ambition is supported by the strategy to develop Total as a broad-energy company, with oil and gas, low-carbon electricity and carbon-neutrality solutions as integrated parts of its business. Total firmly believes this low-carbon strategy provides a competitive advantage which creates long term value for its shareholders.

This strategy is already in action since 2015 as Total is the leading major in terms of reduction of its scope 3 average carbon intensity with a 6% reduction already achieved since 2015. And currently it sets the highest ambition amongst the majors for its scope 3 average carbon intensity with less than 27.5 g CO2/MJ by 2050.

Patrick Pouyanné, in his capacity as Chairman of the Board, says, “Energy markets are changing, driven by climate change, technology and societal expectations. Total is committed to helping solve the dual challenge of providing more energy with fewer emissions. We are determined to advance the energy transition while also growing shareholder value. Today, we are announcing our new Climate Ambition to get to Net Zero by 2050 – together with society. The Board believes that Total’s global roadmap, strategy and actions set out a path that is consistent with goals of the Paris agreement. We acknowledge the positive role of engagement and open dialog with investors as the one we experienced with Climate 100+ along the last months.”

“We recognise that the trust of our shareholders, and society more widely, is essential to Total remaining an attractive and reliable long-term investment. And only by remaining a world-class investment can we most effectively play our part in advancing a low carbon future. This is the reason why our people are already in action across Total, seeking opportunities to reduce our emissions, improve our products and develop new low-carbon businesses,” Pouyanné adds.

Regarding the commitment to become a net-zero energy business in Europe, he comments, “As the EU has set the target to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and thereby lead the way for other regions to become carbon neutral over time, Total takes that commitment to become neutral for all its businesses in Europe. At the time where Total elects to adopt the status of a European company, Total wants to be an exemplary European corporate citizen and offers its active support for the EU to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Total will work together with other businesses to enable decarbonisation of energy use”.

Note: According to Total evaluation, participants to Climate Action 100+ own more than 25% of Total’s shares. “Europe” means the EU + Norway + UK.