NGOs Demand Climate Trial for TotalEnergies
NGOs Demand Climate Trial for TotalEnergies
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NGOs Demand Climate Trial for TotalEnergies

Several NGOs are calling for a climate trial against French oil giant TotalEnergies, accusing the company of failing to address its environmental impact. The coalition, which includes French and Ugandan NGOs, argues that TotalEnergies has not complied with the Paris Agreement's objectives and French environmental laws. They are demanding that the company take immediate measures to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and halt new oil and gas projects.

The case focuses on TotalEnergies' extensive projects in Uganda and Tanzania, particularly the East African Crude Oil Pipeline, which has faced significant criticism for its environmental and human rights implications. NGOs claim these projects contribute heavily to climate change and violate the "duty of vigilance" law, which requires companies to prevent severe human rights and environmental harm.

The legal battle has been ongoing, with various rulings on jurisdiction and admissibility. Recently, a French court allowed the case to proceed, marking a significant step for climate litigation. This ruling highlights the increasing pressure on major corporations to adhere to global climate commitments and the growing role of legal actions in enforcing corporate accountability.

The NGOs hope this trial will set a precedent, compelling TotalEnergies and other major polluters to adopt more sustainable practices and align with international climate goals.

Several NGOs are calling for a climate trial against French oil giant TotalEnergies, accusing the company of failing to address its environmental impact. The coalition, which includes French and Ugandan NGOs, argues that TotalEnergies has not complied with the Paris Agreement's objectives and French environmental laws. They are demanding that the company take immediate measures to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and halt new oil and gas projects. The case focuses on TotalEnergies' extensive projects in Uganda and Tanzania, particularly the East African Crude Oil Pipeline, which has faced significant criticism for its environmental and human rights implications. NGOs claim these projects contribute heavily to climate change and violate the duty of vigilance law, which requires companies to prevent severe human rights and environmental harm. The legal battle has been ongoing, with various rulings on jurisdiction and admissibility. Recently, a French court allowed the case to proceed, marking a significant step for climate litigation. This ruling highlights the increasing pressure on major corporations to adhere to global climate commitments and the growing role of legal actions in enforcing corporate accountability. The NGOs hope this trial will set a precedent, compelling TotalEnergies and other major polluters to adopt more sustainable practices and align with international climate goals.

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