Total withdraws from the American Petroleum Institute

Total withdraws from the American Petroleum Institute

Following a detailed analysis of the climate positions of the American Petroleum Institute (API), Total announces its decision not to renew its membership for 2021.


Following the 2019 and 2020 reviews, API’s positions were assessed as “partially aligned” with those of the Group. Certain divergences, which have been discussed within the association, remain today:

  • regarding the role of natural gas, API maintains its support for the rollback of U.S. regulation on methane emissions, which the Group opposed in November 2019;
  • regarding transport decarbonization, API is part of the Transportation Fairness Alliance, which is opposed to subsidies for electric vehicles;
  • regarding the carbon pricing principle, API expresses differing positions to those of Total.

Moreover, API gave its support during the recent elections to candidates who argued against the United States’ participation in the Paris Agreement.

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