Sasol uses its technology, skills and capital assets to convert natural resources – such as coal, crude oil, natural gas and water – to generate financial and societal value. In generating this value, we have unavoidable impacts on the environment through the use of renewable and non-renewable resources, such as energy, water and land, as well our emissions and wastes.
Our commitment to environmental sustainability is to minimise the environmental impacts of our operations as reflected in our strategic decision not to pursue coal-to-liquids growth, and to focus on gas as a bridge to a lower-carbon economy.
We invest significantly in reducing our environmental footprint and in enhancing the positive environmental and social contribution of our products and processes:
- we follow a strong risk-based approach to identifying and managing our priority environmental impacts across our operations globally;
- we have adopted a transparent and collaborative approach to ensuring environmental compliance, and we engage regularly and proactively with regulatory authorities and other relevant stakeholders on our compliance performance as appropriate;
- we have reported annually on our environmental performance since 1996, when we were one of the first South African companies to publish an environmental report;
- we have invested more than R25 billion on capital projects, over the past twelve years, to minimise our environmental footprint. In South Africa, we have made significant progress recently with our volatile organic compound emissions abatement and coal tar filtration projects;
- delivery on air quality improvement roadmaps by our South African operations is key to sustaining compliance and through appropriate governance we oversee progress. Further postponements will be required to enable complete roadmap implementation by approximately 2025;
- we have set and report against targets for greenhouse gas mitigation, water and energy efficiency and air quality improvement;
- at each of our major operating sites, we have systems in place to monitor and respond to community concerns regarding our environmental performance;
- we constantly strive to enhance the safety and health impacts and environmental performance of our products throughout the product lifecycle, and we drive a product philosophy that encapsulates the concepts of a circular economy;
- we continue to invest in research and development, and we partner with others to find innovative environmental solutions related to our processes, products and by-products;
- we continue to refine our tracking, classifying and internal reporting on our environmental incidents;
- we have initiated a process to explore the role we play in contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were agreed in 2015 and are at the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and
- we further improved our environmental transparency by making all the Atmospheric Emissions Licences (AELs) for our South African operations available on our website (www.sasol.com). We updated our Promotion of Access to Information Manual to provide for access to environmental authorisations and associated supporting documentation without formal requests.
The following pages cover in more detail our environmental and product stewardship matters