BP, Chevron and ExxonMobil face a shareholder challenge to set carbon targets in line with the Paris climate agreement as a green group seeks to repeat its success in pressuring Shell to set environmental benchmarks.

When Shell’s chief executive, Ben van Beurden, laid out an ambitious long-term carbon target last year, he acknowledged the role played by a resolution on carbon targets submitted by Dutch activist shareholders Follow This.

When interviewed by Financial Director earlier this year, BP CFO Brian Gilvary said that since the Deepwater Horizon environmental disaster, the oil major has sought to tap into the “DNA of the company as one of the more environmentally tuned in of the sector”.

That would suggest BP may be in line to follow suit.