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.
ISO14001: 2004 (environmental management system) and VCA
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. The preparations for recertifying with VCA in 2021 under the new standard (2017) are already in progress. All mandatory internal and external audits were carried out in 2020, including the external BRZO, WABO and ISCC audits (regarding the storage, transport and blending of biofuels).
It goes without saying that Catom complies with the statutory blending obligations with respect to biofuels; in 2020 16.40% (2019: 12.50%). Catom seeks to strictly use second generation (‘double-counting’) biofuels for this purpose, thus surpassing the legal requirements.
Reduction energy consumption
In 2020 the Catom group took significant steps towards the reduction of its energy consumption and the related emissions. The investments in the petrol stations brought about a significant reduction in electricity consumption thanks to the use of LEDs. Limited reductions in energy consumption were also achieved at our offices.
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.