Sasol Lake Charles

An aerial view of the Sasol Lake Charles complex. 

Sasol, the South African chemical giant that has a complex in Lake Charles, plans by 2030 to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions across its worldwide operations by 30%. 

Sasol plans to increase its use of renewable energy, make its operations more energy efficient and explore carbon capture technology to "decarbonize" its footprint. 

Sasol is already working toward purchasing direct and virtual renewable power for its Lake Charles manufacturing site, with commercial implementation anticipated by 2026. The company is looking as serving as a sustainability hub for partners. 

The company is pitching its alcohols and surfactants to increase the effectiveness of laundry detergent even when washed with cooler water. 

"That's a small change that can have significant impact for billions of customers worldwide," said Eric Stouder, senior vice president of Sasol Chemicals America.  

The Lake Charles chemical complex has nine different units which produce ingredients used in soaps, cosmetics and polyester fiber for clothes and carpet. Sasol employs 2,000 employees and contractors across its Lake Charles plants. 

Sasol said it is looking at further investment in its Lake Charles operations. The company said it plans to do this through less expensive projects meant to debottleneck the operation. Debottlenecking squeezes more production out of existing plants and equipment by improving processes or revamping equipment.


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