Innovation in the circular economy

Circular economy at Repsol Technology Lab

We develop technological solutions across the company’s different businesses, which allow us to optimize resources and help us achieve our goal of net zero emissions by 2050. At the Repsol Technology Lab, we are working alongside other companies and organizations (customers, tech centers, startups, etc.) to speed up the development of these technologies and roll them out in projects.

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Circularity through design

From the initial conceptualization stages, we proactively work on the eco-design of new products and materials with a view to increasing the useful life of the products, reducing waste, consuming as few raw materials as possible, and increasing the recyclability of the products we sell so that, once recycled, the waste re-enters the production process as raw materials.

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Circularity through alternative raw materials

We are working on the use of alternative raw materials such as CO2 or lignocellulose waste to produce new circular products. We conduct research to be able to use the CO2 emissions generated in our processes to create new products. This is a huge challenge because CO2 is highly stable and requires special conditions to be able to transform it.

We are also working on the development of processes that allow for the use of lignocellulose waste to produce advanced fuels at our refineries. In fact, we are collaborating with seven strategic partners on the European project 4Refinery, where we are assessing different technologies, such as pyrolysis.

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Circularity through recycling

Our innovations in advanced recycling technologies are aimed at increasing the type of raw materials from waste that can be used in our production processes. These technologies enable our Chemicals and Refining businesses to process different types waste (municipal waste, biomass, plastic waste, etc.) that are transformed into advanced fuels and circular chemical products, such as our circular styrene and polyolefins.

As part of the Rewofuel project, we worked on the design of a biorefinery that processes vegetable waste to obtain isobutylene.

In the Circular polyolefins project, we transform plastic waste into a new raw material—pyrolysis oil—which our plants can process to produce new polymers.