Total CEO: Oil, Gas Industry Must Engage in Climate Change Challenge
The boss of French oil major Total has told a conference in London that the oil and gas industry must engage with the challenge posed by climate change in a positive way.
Speaking to delegates at International Petroleum Week, Total CEO Patrick Pouyanné noted that there has been little discussion among energy companies about climate change so far this year in spite of 195 nations signing the COP21 climate change deal in Paris only 2 months ago. He said that, while January’s Davos gathering of world political and business leaders, for example, had little mention of the problem climate change, the issue “is still there”.
“But, for oil companies, it is very important, and we should take it into account in our strategies,” Pouyanné said. “The oil industry still needs to be engaged in this climate change challenge, and positively.”
Pouyanné said the oil and gas industry has a key role to play in helping to tackle climate change and noted the role that natural gas—the least-polluting of the three main fossil fuels—has to play in the energy mix and that gas should be prioritized.
“We have the answers because we know the energy business and we have the engineers,” he said.