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March 14, 2024

Sasol and Topsoe launch Zaffra: A new venture to help decarbonise aviation

Sasol, the global chemicals and energy company, and Topsoe, leader in carbon emission reduction technologies, announced the successful launch of their joint venture, Zaffra. With its headquarters based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Zaffra is set to become a key player in the aviation industry, focusing on the development and delivery of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

Under the leadership of Jan Toschka, the appointed CEO of Zaffra, the company is positioned to make significant contributions to reducing carbon emissions in the aviation industry. With a global presence, Zaffra's unique combination of pioneering SAF technologies and operational excellence places it at the forefront of the industry's transformation.

Zaffra combines the extensive experience of Sasol in asset development, plant construction, and robust operating and technology expertise and Topsoe’s proven carbon emission reduction technologies.

Jan Toschka remarked:
“Leading Zaffra in this crucial mission is my privilege. The growing demand for SAF will require multiple pathways and Zaffra is in a unique position to become a relevant player in this market. Backed by Sasol and Topsoe’s legacies, our offer combines leading technologies with decades of experience in building and running production assets. We recognize the differences in each opportunity. That’s why I am convinced there is tremendous growth potential for Zaffra, being agile and creative, whilst recognising it is essential to form partnerships and to collaborate with all stakeholders.”

Zaffra's establishment marks a significant step towards achieving a more sustainable future for aviation, aligned with global efforts to combat climate change and reduce carbon emissions.

Fleetwood Grobler, President and CEO of Sasol commented:
“Sasol is thrilled to further our global sustainable aviation fuel ambition through Zaffra. Zaffra is built on decades of collaboration between Sasol and Topsoe”.

Roeland Baan, CEO of Topsoe, expressed similar enthusiasm:
“We’re very pleased to reach this important milestone with our joint venture with Sasol. With aviation being responsible for 2-3% of global carbon emissions, Zaffra will create significant value for the aviation industry and society by bringing alternative fuels to the market that can help reduce these emissions.”

About Zaffra
Zaffra, a joint venture between Sasol and Topsoe, is dedicated to advancing sustainable aviation fuel production and technologies. With its headquarters in Amsterdam, Zaffra combines the best of science, technology, and nature for a brighter future for global aviation. Our purpose is to accelerate the decarbonisation of the aviation sector.

About Sasol
Sasol is a global chemicals and energy company listed on the New York and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges. We harness our knowledge and expertise to integrate sophisticated technologies and processes into world-scale operating facilities.

We safely and sustainably source, produce and market a range of high-quality products across 120 countries, employing more than 29 000 people. Sasol’s purpose: “Innovating for a better world”, compels us to deliver on the triple bottom line outcomes of People, Planet and Profit. We act responsibly and always with the intent to be a force for good.

With more than 70 years’ experience we leverage our proprietary technology, know-how and expertise to produce sustainable fuels and chemicals from green hydrogen and sustainable carbon sources, via the Power-to-Liquids (PtL) process. By deploying sustainable FT solutions globally, we contribute to a thriving planet, society, enterprise and innovate for a better world.

About Topsoe
Topsoe is a leading global provider of technology and solutions for the energy transition. We combat climate change by helping our customers and partners achieve their decarbonization and emission reduction goals.  

Based on decades of scientific research and innovation, we offer world-leading solutions for transforming renewable resources into fuels and chemicals for a sustainable world, and for efficient and low-carbon fuel production and clean air. 

We were founded in 1940 and are headquartered in Denmark, with over 2,800 employees serving customers all around the globe.

For more information, please contact: 

Ulrik Frøhlke, Media Relations Manager
Phone: +45 27 77 99 68 

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