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the bad calculations of TotalEnergies?

This is a legal obligation from which TotalEnergies cannot escape. Each year, the company publishes its carbon footprint, the figures of its greenhouse gas emissions on a global scale. For the year 2019, the last before the effects of Covid, the addition of its emissions amounted, according to the group, to 455 million tonnes of CO2. A carbon footprint three to four times lower than those declared by its competitors, with comparable turnover. Exxon Mobil reports 1790 million tons of C02 emitted, BP, 1408. Such a discrepancy intrigued Greenpeace which, for a year, redid the calculations. And according to the NGO: Total Energies would have in fact rejected more than 1 billion 600 Million tons of CO2 in 2019.”We based ourselves on the production figures of TotalEnergies and on their economic activity figuressays François Chartier, one of the authors of the Greenpeace report. Everything is detailed: how much oil is extracted? How much is transformed? And we arrive at 1.6 billion. The gap is abysmal.

L’Oeil du 20 heures submitted the Greenpeace study to TotalEnergies. In a statement, the band disputes: “Greenpeace figures are fanciful. (…) It counts the same emissions several times and calls into question the method of calculating our CO2 emissions. We totally disagree with their analysis.

According to several experts we have consulted, the difference between the figures of the oil group and those of Greenpeace could be linked to what are called indirect CO2 emissions. Those, for example, of our cars powered by fuels produced by Total Energies. The company would only partially recognize these emissions. A detrimental lack of clarity, according to César Dugast. “We are necessarily obliged to refer to transparent, shared data whose calculation is beyond doubt”, specifies the engineer from the consulting firm Carbone4, specializing in low carbon strategies.

For its part, Total Energies ensures that it is as clear as possible in calculating its carbon footprint. The group indicates that it refers to international standards that have been in force for almost 25 years.

Among our sources (non-exhaustive list):


“TotalEnergies’ carbon footprint: the account is not there”, report by the NGO Greenpeace. November 2022

Carbon footprints declared by TotalEnergies

Carbon footprints reported by British Petroleum

Carbon footprints reported by Exxon Mobil

Consulting firm specializing in low carbon strategy, Carbone4

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