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25 Jun 2019

14 cities & NGOs call on Total to comply with French Duty of Vigilance law

On October 23, 2018, 14 towns in conjunction with the following associations: Notre Affaire à Tous, Les Eco Maires, Sherpa, and Zea, challenged Total with regards to its inaction on climate change, on the basis of the French law on the duty of vigilance.  After a call to address this noncompliance, Total released a revised plan, published in March 2019. While Total’s new plan mentions climate change, the towns and associations noted the proposals announced are still insufficient to comply with the Paris Agreement. A meeting among representatives of the associations concerned, cities, and Total took place on June 18th and led to no major changes to the plan. The towns and associations have noted that if within three months, Total has not taken adequate measures to reduce their gas emissions, the towns, as well as the organizations mentioned above will take Total to court for failure to comply with the law and the requirements of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Total responded to the towns' and organizations' official letter.