The new chairman of the Association of the Petroleum Industry begins with an appeal: “In order to achieve the goals of climate protection and security of supply in equal measure, we not only need a broad mix of energy sources, but also support and clear framework conditions on the part of politics to make the transformation successful to be able to implement “, says Martijn van Koten. “The refineries are an essential part of the European infrastructure and will therefore play a central role on the way to a climate-neutral Europe. The petroleum industry will continue to pursue its commitment to reducing its CO₂ footprint,” said the 51-year-old.
“It is necessary that we develop business models that are not only climate-friendly, but are also economically sustainable – and that can adapt flexibly to a changing environment. I am convinced that our industry can continue to develop innovative solutions for this. which, however, require correspondingly high investments in research and development as well as in scaling projects. “
Martijn van Koten has been a member of the Executive Board of OMV-Aktiengesellschaft since July 2021 and is responsible for the Refining division as Executive Officer. Born in the Netherlands, he has international experience in the refining and chemicals sectors and was eight years at Borealis, where he was a board member for Base Chemicals and Operations. Van Koten studied chemical engineering at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He then spent more than 19 years at Shell in various management and technical positions in the refining and downstream business at several locations in Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Sweden and Singapore.