In a ceremony presided by the Mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón and Repsol Chairman Antonio Brufau

Repsol officially opens the worlds first sustainable service station

Press Release 13/04/2011 00:00
  • It is the world’s first service station certified by Breeam, the leading international method for certifying building sustainability.
  • Located in Madrid’s calle de Alberto Aguilera, it is a unique design project that has been approved by the City Council’s Historical Heritage Commission.
  • It is one of the world’s first service stations with one hundred percent LED lighting technology that lasts five times longer and reduces energy consumption by 80 percent.
  • A number of recycled materials were used in the construction of the building, including: 7,000 newspapers for the interior walls; sheep’s wool insulation; plastic and wood shavings for furniture among others.
  • The facilities also have the AENOR Universal Accessibility Certification. Repsol has received numerous awards for its work in this field, most recently was the Once Foundation’s Discapnet Award for its commitment to disabled people and its work to integrate this group into society. 

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The Mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon and the Chairman of Repsol, Antonio Brufau, today officially opened in Madrid the world’s first service station certified by Breeam, the leading international certification of sustainable buildings. The Delegate of the Government Department of Environment for Madrid, Ana Botella and other government members also attended.

The building, located in the emblematic calle Alberto Aguilera, boasts a unique design that has been approved by the City Council’s Historical Heritage Commission.

The service station has been built with architectural parameters under a new concept of sustainability, using a range of recycled materials. More than 7,000 recycled newspapers have been used to build the interior walls and sheep’s wool was used for insulation. The shop’s furniture reuses plastic and wood shavings and some items have been recycled, such as lampshades designed by Norman Foster which have been brought from another of the company’s service stations.

The management of this unique service station will also be sustainable: it is energy efficient thanks to elements such as a deposit that collects rain water for irrigation and sanitary appliances, and an automated consumption control system. Furthermore, it is one of the world’s first service stations with 100% LED lighting, which lasts five times longer and reduces energy consumption by 80%.

The station also has an AENOR Universal Accessibility Certificate making it the third of Repsol’s service station network to hold the certificate. The design is accessible for both workers and users, an advance in the field of accessibility. The company wanted to go one step further than what the law requires regarding sustainability and accessibility by using best practices and setting an example for other facilities.

Accessibility in Repsol service stations

Repsol is a leader in adapting its service stations for customers with reduced mobility and other limitations. This philosophy is present in all of the company’s activities, which has become a benchmark in Spain for its continuous effort to maintain the highest standards in terms of accessibility in its service stations and offices. 

Repsol has started the second phase of its accessibility project to convert more than 500 of the service stations in its network. Through this initiative, the company will have the largest network of accessible service stations in Spain and one of the largest in Europe. In 2010 the company initiated the first phase of this project when it adapted 289 facilities.

The company has also published a Guide to Accessibility in Service Stations that includes a set of guidelines to be followed when facilitating and improving the access of disabled people to service stations, and also provides an in-depth analysis of the aspects that should be considered when building such facilities to ensure that construction is carried out in accordance with accessibility standards.

Repsol’s commitment

The company has received numerous awards for its work in this field, most recently in March of this year when Repsol and its Foundation won the Discapnet award by the Once Foundation for their commitment to people with disabilities and their efforts to integrate this group into society. 

Repsol currently employees 360 disabled people in Spain, 22% of whom are in qualified technical positions. The company has also given more than 30 occupational training courses over the last four years, directed at 480 professionals with disabilities. 

Repsol is also a benchmark for other Spanish companies in terms of its continued efforts to maintain top accessibility standards in its service stations and offices and for taking a crosscutting approach to integration. The company has a Diversity and Conciliation Committee made up of senior management and which is actively participated in by a working group of disabled workers.