Total commits support to carbon neutrality target

Becoming the fourth oil major to commit to ‘net zero’, Total has announced its target of net zero emissions in Europe by 2050. The company has also committed to becoming carbon-neutral across its worldwide operations by 2050 or sooner and confirmed its target of a renewable generation gross capacity of 25GW in 2025.

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Patrick Pouyanné, chairman of Total’s board, declared; “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. The Board believes that Total’s global roadmap, strategy and actions set out a path that is consistent with goals of the Paris agreement.

Emphasising the role the company has to play in the future energy transition, Patrick continued; “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.”

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 says the new climate strategy is already in action as the firm has already achieved a 6% reduction of its average indirect carbon intensity since 2015.

Active support of the energy transition

Regarding the commitment to become a net-zero energy business in Europe, Patrick commented; “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. 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 decarbonization of energy use.”

Total confirms its target of a renewable generation gross capacity of 25 GW in 2025 and will continue to expand its business to become a leading international player in renewable energies. Total currently allocates more than 10% of its Capex to low carbon electricity, the highest level among the oil majors. To actively contribute to the energy transition, Total will further increase its allocation of Capex in favour of low carbon electricity to 20% by 2030 or sooner.

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