Climate protesters block TotalEnergies meeting


PARIS (AP) — Several hundred climate protesters disrupted a TotalEnergies shareholders meeting in Paris and blocked entry to the rally on Wednesday to denounce the oil and gas giant’s participation in Russia despite Moscow’s war on Ukraine.

TotalEnergies tweeted that due to activists blocking access to the meeting, “unfortunately it will not be possible for our shareholders to join us.” He said interested viewers could follow the meeting on the company’s website.

Protesters representing Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and other environmental organizations denounced TotalEnergies for its huge presence in Russia as well as an oil pipeline project in Uganda and Tanzania which protesters denounced as a “climate bomb”.

TotalEnergies, a subsidiary of Total, published its “principles of conduct” in Russia in March, according to which the company would “gradually suspend its activities in Russia” and strictly comply with European Union sanctions “whatever the consequences. consequences on the management of its activities”. active in Russia.

The press release indicates that TotalEnergies does not operate oil or gas fields or liquefied natural gas plants in Russia, but holds numerous stakes in various Russian companies. He said the company continues to supply Europe with liquefied natural gas from a plant on Russia’s Yamal Peninsula to fulfill long-term contracts “as long as European governments consider Russian gas to be necessary.” .

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