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NGOs and local communities sue TotalEnergies


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A group of NGOs and local communities are suing TotalEnergies to force it to align its climate strategy with the Paris Agreement.

The group comprises six NGOS, including Sherpa and France Nature Environnement, and 16 local communities, including the cities of Paris, New York, Grenoble, Bayonne and Nanterre.

In the long term, the claimants hope to obtain the equivalent in France of the conviction of Shell in the Netherlands.

In the short term, they are asking the judge to take an exceptional temporary measure and order ToTalEnergies to “suspend exploration and exploitation projects for new hydrocarbon deposits that have not been the subject of a final investment decision”, and this until the case has been finally decided.

The group started the proceedings in January 2020, suing the energy giant for failing in its “duty of vigilance” in respect of the consequences of its activities on the environment. It took the view that the “vigilance plan” that TotalEnergies had published in 2019 contravened this duty, which came into effect in France in 2017.

A decision is not expected before 2024 or even 2025.


Le Figaro article

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