Energy giants request UN help

Six major energy companies, BP, Shell, Total, Statoil, Eni and the BG Group have written to the United Nations asking to assist them in holding “direct dialogue with the UN and willing governments” about developing a carbon pricing scheme.

In a letter to the Financial Times, the companies wrote: “We owe it to future generations to seek realistic, workable solutions to the challenge of providing more energy while tackling climate change”.

The move comes as nearly 200 countries prepare to sign a global climate pact at a UN conference in Paris in December.

Two major US energy firms, ExxonMobil and Chevron, have declined joining the European energy firms to forge a common position on global warming.

Rex Tillerson, Exxon’s chairman, said: “We’re not going to be disingenuous about it. We’re not going to fake it. We’re going to express solutions and policy ideas that we think have merit.”