Climate: our vision

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Energy plays a key role in mitigating climate change. As a major energy player, TotalEnergies has been working for many years to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with our activities. At the same time, we have proactively joined with the industry and the international community to identify joint solutions for capping the increase in global temperatures below 2°C. In particular, we advocate the adoption of carbon pricing.

Shaping tomorrow's energy

Energy consumption generates more than 80% of global carbon emissions. With the world’s population expected to surpass 9 billion by 2040, we must make major strides in energy efficiency if we are to stabilize energy demand at levels close to the current rate of consumption. In addition, the global energy mix will need to change significantly in order to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Our ambition is to become the responsible energy major. We are committed to furthering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations, especially in areas related to climate action and the development of energy that is more affordable, more reliable, cleaner and accessible to as many people as possible.

In the belief that climate goals can only be met by mobilizing businesses, governments and consumers as a team, we are also working to create gateways for identifying solutions. In particular, we are joining forces with other major players through organizations that aim to expand the courses of action available.

For example, we are a founding member of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), in which we work alongside 12 other major companies to support the implementation of solutions designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2017 we joined the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a group of investors with the means to provide long-term support to new businesses at the forefront of energy issues. We lend the organization our expertise in the energy industry and sustainable solutions.

Our climate targets for 2030

As part of our ambition to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, together with society, we are committed to reducing our Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions (relating to our business activities) and Scope 3 emissions (relating to our energy products).

To do this, we are acting on products by increasing the share of gas and specifically renewable power in our energy mix. Our goal is therefore to reach a gross renewable power generation capacity of 100 GW by 2030. With this goal, we are set to multiply our investments in renewable energy and electricity by 20, allocating 60 billion dollars to renewable energy projects over 10 years.

We are also acting on emissions by phasing out routine flaring (complete discontinuation by 2030), reducing our methane emissions and investing 200 million dollars a year in carbon storage over this decade.
In addition, we are acting on demand, investing one billion dollars in batteries and electric charging points by 2030, contributing to the increase in the number of charging points across Europe. We are also aiming for an annual 10% increase in biofuel sales over the same period.

Our active role in industry associations

In order to help define technical standards or make our voice heard regarding government policies related to our business, we belong to national and international business and industry associations.

Since 2019, we have carried out an annual assessment on the public positions adopted by these associations with regard to the climate to ensure that they are in line with ours (and where necessary, to not renew our commitments with organizations that do not share our views). The assessment is carried out based on six key criteria:

  1. The scientific position: TotalEnergies believes the link between human activity and climate change is an established fact.
  2. The Paris Agreement: TotalEnergies recognizes that the Paris Agreement is a major advance in the fight against climate change and supports the initiatives of the implementing States to fulfill its aims.
  3. Carbon pricing: TotalEnergies believes that it is necessary to implement carbon pricing to encourage energy efficiency, support low-carbon technology and develop carbon sinks, all critical to achieve carbon neutrality.
  4. The role of natural gas: TotalEnergies considers that natural gas is a key component in the energy transition, specifically as an alternative to coal. The Company supports policies to reduce methane emissions from natural gas production and consumption and, in particular, campaigns to reduce the use of flaring (such as the World Bank’s Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 Initiative).
  5. The development of renewable energies: TotalEnergies supports policies, initiatives and technologies to promote growth in renewable energies. The Company also supports the development of sustainable biofuels.  
  6. The development of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS): TotalEnergies supports the development of CCUS, which is critical to achieve carbon neutrality by the second half of the century, the aim of the Paris Agreement.

View a list of industry associations of which TotalEnergies is an active member or supporter

A strong commitment to carbon pricing

We advocate implementing carbon pricing to combat emissions. We believe that this helps fight climate change by creating incentives to move the energy mix in the right direction. Putting a price on carbon is the most efficient financial signal to change the rules of the game and hasten the switch to power generation.

We already use a carbon price to financially assess our own capital expenditure, to make sure our projects and long-term strategy are viable given climate challenges.

We are calling for the rapid adoption of pricing mechanisms that are tailored to specific circumstances, such as geographical region or economic sector, and can be gradually linked. More broadly, we have been involved since 2015 in various international initiatives, including:

  • Paying for Carbon. In 2015, we and five other leading oil and gas companies called on the international community to implement carbon pricing mechanisms.
  • The Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition. We contribute to this World Bank initiative in order to expand the reach of our messages.
  • The Climate Leadership Council. We joined the council and its carbon dividend project as a founding member.