Sasol

InfluenceMap Score
D+
Performance Band
57%
Organisation Score
41%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Chemicals
Head​quarters:
Johannesburg, South Africa
Brands and Associated Companies
Southern Africa Energy
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Sasol appears to take a mixed approach when engaging with climate change policy. Although Sasol broadly supports the need to reduce GHG emissions, it appears to have opposed some key climate-related policies, such as South Africa’s carbon tax. The company does not appear to fully support the transition of the energy mix, appearing to support a long-term role for gas as well as a transition away from coal that does not seem to align with IPCC guidelines.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Sasol appears broadly supportive of action on climate change in its top-line communications. In its 2020 Climate Change Report, Sasol reiterated its support for the Paris Agreement, and supported limiting global temperature increase to 2°C, with efforts to limit it to 1.5°C. In the same 2020 report, Sasol appeared to recognize the need for government regulation to respond to climate change, expressing support for carbon pricing (although not a specific pricing mechanism) and appearing to oppose Trump’s rollback of “critical climate policies”.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Sasol shows mixed support for specific climate-related regulations. Notably, the company appears to have consistently opposed South Africa’s carbon tax, stating opposition to the policy in each of its CDP Climate Change Disclosures from 2018 up to 2020. However, in 2019 Sasol expressed support for South Africa’s 2030 energy efficiency target as part of the South African National Energy Efficiency Strategy. The company also appears to support the use of mandatory carbon budgets as an alternative to the carbon tax, stating support in each of its CDP Climate Change Disclosures from 2019 onwards and in its 2019 Climate Change Report.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Sasol does not appear to fully support the transition of the energy mix. Although CEO Fleetwood Grobler stated in September 2020 that Sasol supports a “just transition” to a low-carbon economy, in Sasol’s 2020 Climate Change Report he also appeared to support an increased role for natural gas in the energy mix. The company describes gas as a “bridge” to renewable energy, although it has not provided further details concerning timelines for this transition or the longer term role for natural gas. Sasol's messaging on the role of coal in the energy mix has been mixed but does not appear aligned with IPCC guidance. In May 2020, the company appeared to support a transition away from coal but with no clear timeframe for this phase out. However, in April 2019, the then CEO Bongani Nqwababa appeared to support a long-term role for coal, predicting that Sasol’s mines would continue to produce coal supply up to at least 2050.

Industry Association Governance: Sasol shows mixed transparency over its membership of industry associations. In its 2020 Climate Change Report, Sasol completed a full audit of its alignment with industry associations on climate policy, however, there was limited detail provided on these associations' positions on specific strands of climate policy, or on how the company engages with these groups on climate issues. Sasol is a member of a number of industry associations which appear to be engaging negatively on climate issues, such as the American Chemistry Council and the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC). In addition, Sasol sits on the board of the Minerals Council South Africa, which appears to be lobbying negatively on South African climate policy.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Communication of Climate Science
2 NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
0 1 NA NS NS 1 NS NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
0 NS NS NS NS NS 0 NA
Support of UN Climate Process
0 1 NS NS NS 1 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
0 NA 1 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax
0 NS -2 NS -1 -2 -1 NA
Emissions Trading
0 NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
1 NS 2 NS NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy
0 NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
0 0 NS NS -2 0 NS NA
GHG Emission Regulation
1 NS 1 NS -1 NS NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships
0 NS 1 NA NA NA NS NA
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
38%
 
38%
 
34%
 
34%
 
33%
 
33%
 
47%
 
47%
 
39%
 
39%
 
60%
 
60%
 
32%
 
32%
 
47%
 
47%
 
47%
 
47%
 
46%
 
46%

How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.