In June 2017, the TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures) of the G20’s Financial Stability Board published its final recommendations on information pertaining to climate to be released by companies. These recommendations include additional details for certain sectors, such as energy.
Total publicly announced its support for the TCFD and its recommendations during the summer of 2017, while noting that it is up to companies to define the information about climate-related risks and opportunities that is material, which should, consequently, be disclosed in financial fillings, and the additional information that they choose to report on a voluntary basis. Total also believes that the quantification of impacts of different scenarios may not be relevant to investors as assumptions made by different companies may strongly diverge. The Group considers that companies have a major role to play in shaping how these issues evolve and that the modalities of the application of scenarios and the use of metrics should be further studied.
Total continued discussions by taking part in the Oil & Gas Preparer Forum set up by the TCFD in the autumn of 2017; this work resulted in the publication, in July 2018, of best practices on the disclosure of climate-related information and on the implementation of TCFD recommendations by the four companies that are members of the Forum (Eni, Equinor, Shell and Total, with the support of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development).
With the scope of its 2018 non-financial performance statement, Total applied the TCFD recommendations to disclose it climate challenges.