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Patrick Pouyanné

CEO and Chairperson, Total

Patrick Pouyanne, the CEO of oil major Total, is not only making moves in reducing emissions, he also has big plans to improve the access of low-carbon energy everywhere, including Africa where over 600 million people do not have access to electricity.

Pouyanne, who joined as CEO in 2015, has recently said: “The next 20 years will be decisive in building a low-carbon future that does not curb economic and social development. In 2040, the global population is projected to be 9 billion.

"That includes 2 billion people in Africa alone, where over 600 million people today do not have access to electricity. That figure worldwide is 1.2 billion."

He says his main responsibility is to provide safe and cost-effective energy solutions to “as many people as possible” while managing emissions.

"Doing this will entail improving energy efficiency across the board, optimizing the fossil fuel mix and accelerating the development of renewable energies,” he says.

Pouyanne says he has three objectives for the company over the next 15 years:

"Our ambition is to position Total as a global leader in these three priority areas and drive progress. Our integrated business model, which spans producing, refining or processing and marketing oil and gas, will be our biggest advantage in achieving this goal.”

Pouyanné held a number of positions in the ministry of industry and other cabinet positions between 1989 and 1996, including technical advisor to then-Prime Minister Édouard Balladur in the fields of environment and industry from 1993 to 1995.

Pouyanné's tenure with Total began in 1997 when he joined Total's Exploration & Production division initially as chief administrative officer in Angola.