Sasol Limited Sustainability Report 2021 - Book - Page 22
SUSTAINABILITY PERFORMANCE AGAINST OUR FOCUS AREAS: SAFE AND ENDURING OPERATIONS (CONTINUED)
Product stewardship: Product life cycle stages
Recognising the environmental harm posed by plastic waste,
we support Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) mechanisms
that enable the effective collection and beneficial recycling or re-use
of plastic materials.
We further embedded new system controls into our procurement process in South Africa to limit
the risk of any inadvertent non-compliant purchases of controlled chemicals without the necessary
authorisation and permits in place.
In 2021, we developed the necessary plans to ensure our timeous
compliance with the South African Section 18 EPR scheme.
A country-specific emission factor was calculated for our methanerich gas, based on Tier 2 methodology, which is more representative
of the gas composition. Once approved, we will make this available
to all users of this gas, allowing for more accurate emission records.
We continued to prioritise the compliant, safe and
responsible manufacturing of products and worked
to implement a revised procedure which supports
compliance with international chemical control legislation.
We develop appropriate training material on chemical
control legislation and the safe handling of hazardous
chemicals and continue to roll it out to targeted
employees along the value chain.
Customer assessments and training to ensure the
responsible and effective use of our products is
an important contributor to our Responsible Care®
commitment under the Product Stewardship code.
Every year, we train around 1 000 employees of our
caustic soda, cyanide and chlorine customers, and
conduct customer site SHE assessments before
agreeing to supply these products.
Each month, we handle about 1 000 queries of
a technical or product stewardship nature from
We have a formal system through which we deal
with these, using controls to ensure that we provide
accurate information. Increasingly, customers request
information regarding the environmental footprint of
the products they buy from Sasol. We have completed
life cycle inventory work for some of our Performance
Chemicals products and have started expanding the
analysis to include products produced at our Secunda
and Sasolburg sites. So far, we have performed a
cradle-to-gate life cycle inventory analysis on almost
100 intermediate and final products. Where available
and requested, we share the results with customers.
We implement all applicable regulatory requirements to
secure and maintain our licence to manufacture and sell
products in the numerous markets we serve. In 2021,
work continued to revise and update REACH registrations
for chemicals we produce or import into Europe following
dossier and substance evaluations by the European
Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Union (EU)
Sasol has also signed a declaration of intent to support
ECHA’s and the Joint Action Plan of the European Chemical
Industry Council (CEFIC) to proactively and systematically
review and improve, if needed, the data previously
submitted in REACH registration dossiers. New chemical
notifications were also filed in the United States, Canada,
China, South Korea and Taiwan, among others. The
prevalence of REACH-like laws continues to expand, with
Turkey, India and the Eurasian Economic Union to follow
suit. Sasol is preparing to file the United Kingdom REACH
registrations following Brexit and has filed Turkey REACH
pre-registrations to support our customers.
Our Transport Indicator of Performance (TIoP) is a group-wide measure of the incident severity rate as a function of product transport distance travelled. We continue to split the TIoP into
two components: the TIoP reflecting on avoidable incidents, where the transporter driver could reasonably have done something more to prevent an incident, and the TIoP reflecting on the
unavoidable component where all incident preventative controls were adhered to and nothing further could reasonably have been done to avoid the incident. The avoidable TIoP improved
from 1,84 in 2020 to 0,60 in 2021, with the number of major and significant events also showing a reduction from three in 2020 to one in 2021. On the TIoP defined logistics incidents, Sasol is
proud of a zero fatality achievement in 2021. The overall improved logistics performance is as a result of the lower transport sector risk which is a consequence of the reduced traffic volumes
stemming from several government imposed COVID-19 lockdowns and private sector measures. This lower transport sector risk coupled with Sasol’s effective implemented controls and
operational discipline during this period are the key factors that contributed to a significant improvement to the Sasol TIoP.
We implemented a storage facility risk management plan to ensure the safety and integrity of Sasol’s product in storage. To improve the risk rating of storage facilities, we start by using the
results of a safety assessment and an analysis of the adequacy of controls of each facility. The outcome of these assessments and the root cause of incidents help us identify opportunities to
use critical controls as leading and lagging indicators on product storage safety. We expect this approach to support an improvement in assurance on the prevention of such safety incidents.
Sasol Sustainability Report 2021
Total severity of
Number of third
party and transporter
From 2020, Sasol focused on the avoidable TIoP as a more
meaningful metric to track incidents within our control.
Therefore, 2020 and 2021 data reported in this table is the