The Role of Synthetic Base Stocks and Lubricants during the Energy Transition

The Role of Synthetic Base Stocks and Lubricants during the Energy Transition

Sarah Horne | Global Vice President of Synthetic Base Stocks, ExxonMobil
  • The world continues to face the challenge of securing adequate energy supply while enabling the energy transition
  • This transition brings increased uncertainty but also creates opportunities to provide solutions 
  • Synthetic lubricants are helping to enable the energy transition to a lower-carbon future in select technical applications and can play a bigger role going forward.

With reference to ExxonMobil’s Energy Outlook, Sarah Horne, Vice President for Synthetic Base Stocks, ExxonMobil Product Solutions Company, a division of Exxon Mobil Corporation (ExxonMobil), will explain the role of synthetic base stocks and lubricants in the energy transition, the challenges, and how ExxonMobil (and indeed the industry) is responding.

In her presentation, Sarah will cover: 

  • Energy’s changing mix looking toward 2050.
  • Discuss how synthetic base stocks can contribute to the energy transition, helping customers create innovative finished lubricant formulations that can offer sustainability benefits by delivering greater energy efficiency, longer drain intervals, and improved durability across a broad range of applications in the industrial and transportation lubricant sectors.
Sarah Horne


Sarah Horne is currently Vice President for Synthetic Base Stocks, ExxonMobil Product Solutions Company. She joined Esso UK in 1998 and moved to Brussels, Belgium in 2001.  Horne progressed through a variety of commercial Downstream and Information Technology positions over the first 10 years of her career, supporting and leading the European business. In 2008, she transferred to Fairfax, Virginia, in the United States, where she held a variety of U.S., regional and global Downstream Marketing leadership roles. She transferred to Houston, Texas, U.S.A., in 2014 where she held several corporate roles.  She was the Global Fuels and Lubricants Financial Reporting Manager, responsible for analyzing and reporting the Fuels and Lubricants financial and business performance results.  In 2016, she assumed the position of Global Strategy Development Executive responsible for development of global strategy. In 2018, Horne relocated to Singapore  as the Thailand Fuels Director, leading the fuels business in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Prior to her current role, she transferred to the Dallas Corporate Headquarters in 2020.  She assumed the position of Investor Relations and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Director, representing the corporation to the investment community and supporting the C-Suite and Board of Directors. Horne holds a Bachelor of Science in Business.