French oil giant Total sued for ‘climate inaction’

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French oil group Total is responsible for 1% of the world’s CO2 emissions and failing to respect its so-called ‘corporate duty of vigilance’ say activists.

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French oil group Total is responsible for 1% of the world’s CO2 emissions and failing to respect its so-called ‘corporate duty of vigilance’, according to a group of plaintiffs representing 14 local authorities and four NGOs who are bringing a case against the giant, reports EURACTIV France.

Fourteen French cities, public establishment Est Ensemble and four NGOs, including Greenpeace and French law association Sherpa, are filing a complaint against the oil company for “climate inaction”.

This is the first time in France that a company has been accused of such an offence. However, it remains to be seen whether this will be recognised under the law, which is not necessarily guaranteed.

Read more of this report from EURACTIV France.

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