Total Looks To Stop Selling Fuel Oil To Power Plants

Supermajor Total wants to stop selling fuel oil—one of the most carbon-intensive refinery products—for power generation in order to reduce its carbon footprint, the company’s chief executive Patrick Pouyanné told Reuters in an interview published on Friday.

This is the latest attempt from an oil and gas major to cut its carbon footprint as the French company aims to be known as an energy company rather than oil and gas major.

According to Total’s data cited by Reuters, fuel oil represented about 5 percent of the company’s total production of refined oil products in 2018.

Total’s marketing division is considering the idea to stop selling fuel oil for power generation, a spokesman for the company told Reuters.

Reducing the carbon footprint fits in Total’s ambition to reduce the carbon intensity of the energy products it makes available to customers by 15 percent between 2015 — the date of the Paris Agreement — and 2030.

Other majors are also pledging reductions in carbon emissions. Last week, Equinor unveiled a plan to reduce the net carbon intensity, from initial production to final consumption, of energy produced by at least 50 percent by 2050.

Shell has also set short-term targets for reducing the net carbon footprint of the energy products it sells.

In the latest pledge from an oil major, BP said on Wednesday that it aims to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner.

Total, for its part, wants to be known as a ‘global energy company’, much like Equinor has been doing since it dropped the name Statoil.

Improving energy efficiency, growing in natural gas, developing a low-carbon electricity business, sustainable biofuels, and investing in carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology are Total’s key pillars of integrating climate in its strategy.

In just two weeks, Total announced several renewables and batteries projects, from a pilot plant to manufacture European batteries for electric vehicles, to entering the Spanish solar market to develop nearly 2 gigawatts (GW) of solar projects, to expanding its partnership in India’s renewables market.

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com