TotalEnergies

InfluenceMap Score
C-
Performance Band
62%
Organisation Score
56%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
Paris, France
Brands and Associated Companies:
Elf Aquitaine
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: TotalEnergies appears to have mixed engagement with climate policy. The company has communicated more positive top-line positions on certain climate-motivated policies since 2015, but continues to advocate for an energy policy agenda focused on advancing the role of fossil fuels, particularly fossil gas. The company also retains membership to a number of powerful industry associations engaged in the active opposition of climate regulations.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: TotalEnergies’ top-line messaging on climate policy appears to be largely positive. In February 2021, TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyanné wrote to US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, supporting the Biden administration's decision to rejoin the Paris Agreement. Furthermore, in the same year, TotalEnergies stated in a press release that it supports the EU’s net-zero by 2050 emissions target. In its 2020 Climate Report, the company stated it would actively advocate for policies that support ‘net zero’ and the company appears to be positively positioned on carbon pricing, stating that it actively advocates for carbon pricing on its corporate website in 2021. In January 2021, TotalEnergies, along with a few other companies signed a joint letter that called for ambitious, durable, bipartisan climate solutions in the United States.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: TotalEnergies has had some positive engagement with renewable energy policy and emissions reduction legislation. Regarding renewables legislation, TotalEnergies stated on its website in 2021 that it supports policies, initiatives and technologies to promote growth in renewable energies. Additionally, in 2021, the company advocated directly to the EU Commission in favor of minimum blending mandates for renewable fuels in the aviation and maritime sectors.

TotalEnergies appears to have positive engagement with regulations regarding GHG emission reductions. In an EU consultation response in January 2021, TotalEnergies stated its support for the EU’s increased GHG emissions target of 55% by 2030. While in the U.S.,TotalEnergies opposed the Trump Administration’s removal of methane emissions regulation in 2019 and in the EU, the company has advocated in favor of including methane emissions regulation in the EU Green Deal in 2020 in a 2020 consultation response.

Total appears to have more mixed engagement with carbon pricing policies. In a December 2021 opinion piece in the European Round Table for Industry, TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyanné stated support for an EU guarantee of origin scheme for renewable energy that incorporated the Renewable Energy Directive's sustainability criteria. Additionally, in January 2021, the company supported the development of a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) in the EU, although it advocated for the gradual phase out of free allowances and compensation rather than an immediate removal, thus weakening the overall climate ambition of the policy. However, in 2020, TotalEnergies signed a joint letter, that called for freezing the federal carbon tax in Canada, citing the COVID-19 crisis. Furthermore, the company also stated support for the Climate Leadership Council’s carbon dividend in the U.S. in its 2020 Climate Change Report, which, while promoting a carbon price, also called for the removal of other forms of policy.

Positioning on Energy Transition: TotalEnergies’ positioning on the energy mix is mixed. The company has released supportive statements on the energy transition, such as in April 2021 where it stated its support for the UK’s energy transition goals. In October 2020, in a consultation submission, the company appeared to support a minimum tax rate under the EU’s Energy Taxation Directive and the removal of tax exemptions for aviation and maritime fuels.

Nevertheless, TotalEnergies has repeatedly promoted a long-term role for fossil gas in the energy mix without tying its use to the deployment of CCS. In October 2021, TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyanné stated replacing coal with fossil gas is ‘good for climate’, and stressed the intermittency of renewable energy. In 2020, the company published a video on its corporate website, in which it stated that the first challenge of the energy mix was to provide affordable energy and, as such, hydrocarbons would still be an important energy source in 20-35 years. In TotalEnergies’s most recent 2020 Climate Report it stated that the company sees fossil gas as a ‘key component’ to the energy transition, while supporting CCS but not tying fossil gas use with CCS development.

Industry Association Governance: TotalEnergies has published an industry association review assessing alignment on climate change policy. The company has terminated its membership to Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) the American Petroleum Institute due to misalignment on climate grounds. Nevertheless, it retains memberships to other associations such as BusinessEurope and FuelsEurope, which has traditionally lobbied against a variety of climate change policies at EU level.

A detailed assessment of the company's industry association review can be found on our CA100+ webpage here.

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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.