Clean Words, Dirty Lobby – is Total really part of the climate solution?

18 June 2015

ShareAction has launched a new public-facing campaign to engage French oil giant Total, asking it to clarify its position on climate change.

The website offers members of the public the opportunity to email the company’s chief executive, Patrick Pouyanne, asking him to clarify the company’s position on climate change legislation, and to consider withdrawal from four trade associations that, according to independent research, have lobbied in Europe against tough and binding climate legislation, despite Mr. Pouyanne’s public statements saying Total wants “to be part of the solution” on climate change.

Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive of ShareAction says: “It is time for Total to be clear on climate change.  Does the company stand by its own words, or by the words of those who speak for it?  If Total really wants to be part of the solution, it needs to distance itself from these associations who have been working to weaken climate legislation in the EU. Leaving is very achievable. We now want Total to show that its words about climate change are more than just hot air.”

Notes for editors:

ShareAction is the UK-based movement for Responsible Investment. Clean Words, Dirty Lobby forms part of the organisation’s Green Light campaign, which shines a light on environmental risk for major investors such as pension funds.

Total is a member of trade associations including BUSINESSEUROPE, FuelsEurope, the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP) and Cefic (as Total Chimie, Total France and Total Germany). Research by PSI indicates, for example, that BUSINESSEUROPE opposed “backloading” the Emissions Trading System – the act of freezing the auctioning of CO2 permits – despite the fact this is widely seen as necessary for securing a strong carbon price.  PSI’s report is here:


For further information, please contact Matt Davis, Director of Communications and Public Engagement at ShareAction on 07564 438 804 or

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