Safety and the environment

The safety of people and their environment is a first priority for Catom in all of its activities. Catom attaches great value to full compliance with all requirements in the areas of safety, quality and the environment. Catom has its own environmental and safety policy for this.

In June 2019 we successfully completed the recertification process of ISO 14001 at the new standard (2015), and we have now new VCA* and ISO 14001 certificates: 2015 in the name of OK Oliecentrale B.V. for the trade names Oliecentrale Nederland
and OK Nederland. All mandatory internal and external audits were carried out in 2019, including the external BRZO, WABO and ISCC audits (regarding the storage, transport and blending of biofuels).

Blending biofuels

It goes without saying that Catom complies with the statutory blending obligations with respect to biofuels; in 2019 12.50%
(2018: 8.50%). Catom seeks to strictly use second generation (‘double-counting’) biofuels for this purpose, thus surpassing
the legal requirements.


For customers wishing to implement a responsible policy in terms of the environmental impact of fuels, Catom has introduced GTL (Gas To Liquid). This is an advanced diesel fuel that produces less smell and noise and thus reduces the emission of fine particles. Since GTL is free from sulphur and aromatics and has a high octane content, it leads to cleaner combustion. This innovative product developed by Shell is only made available by Shell to a number of its large customers, including its branded distributors (resellers). Catom has thus gained a unique proposition. This product is especially interesting for large municipalities that aim to improve the air quality in their city centres.


Also, HVO fuel was introduced for our customers. HVO fuel is fossil-free, biodegradable, it reduces the emission of particulates and has a sulphur emission of almost 0 grams/km. HVO can be obtained
in various blend ratios with diesel. If 100% HVO fuel is used, the reduction of CO2 emissions may be reduced to up to 89% in the whole chain.