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The Paris Court of Appeal opens the way to an unprecedented climate trial against TotalEnergies

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Paris Court of Appeal has ruled that NGOs and several communities can sue TotalEnergies to force the company to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions
• This marks the beginning of an unprecedented climate trial against the oil giant under the duty of vigilance law

🔭 The context: This decision overturns previous judgments that dismissed the NGOs' actions
• The new chamber 5-12 of the Court of Appeal, designed to handle disputes related to corporate ecological responsibility, made this ruling, opening the way for a full examination of the claims against TotalEnergies and EDF

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This ruling sets a significant precedent for holding corporations accountable for their environmental impact
• It emphasizes the importance of corporate responsibility in mitigating climate change and protecting human and environmental health

⏭️ What's next: Unless appealed to the Court of Cassation, the case will proceed to the Paris judicial court for a substantive debate on the requested measures
• This trial could lead to stricter regulatory and operational changes for multinational companies regarding their environmental practices

💬 One quote: “The debate on the merits of the requested measures will be able to be held before the Paris judicial court,” stated the chamber, indicating the potential for significant legal developments

📈 One stat: The 82 North Sea oil and gas licences cover 226 areas, a third of which overlap with marine protected areas

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