Advanced biofuels from waste
At Repsol, we have been manufacturing and marketing biofuels for years. To do this, we use various raw materials, like vegetable oil waste, used cooking oil, biomass, and wine-based alcohols from waste in the wine industry. The use of these raw materials allows us to significantly reduce CO2 emissions compared to the traditional fuels they replace. Used cooking oil, for example, reduces emissions by 85-90%.
At Repsol, we are building the first low-emissions advanced biofuels plant in Spain at our refinery in Cartagena. The plant will produce biofuels from recycled raw materials and have an annual production capacity of 250,000 tonnes of hydrobiodiesel, biojet, bionaphtha, and biopropane to be used in aircraft, trucks, or cars.
This pioneering facility will be equipped with cutting-edge technology and the most efficient solutions and will include the commissioning of a hydrogen plant that will fuel a new hydrotreatment unit.
Our plant in figures
investment in Cartagena
during construction and startup
in emissions reduction, thanks to the use of recycled raw materials
as the anticipated start of production
Relying on the circular economy as a tool to efficiently use resrouces, these are the objectives related with this project which are outlined in our commitment with energy transition and are in line with our aim of becoming net zero emissions by 2050.
Biofuel production capacity in 2030.
Will come from the use of waste as a raw material by 2030.
We've successfully completed the first batch of aviation biojet fuel from waste on the Spanish market at our Petronor industrial facility. This important milestone in low-emissions fuel production represents an evolution in the decarbonization of air transport, a sector where electrification is not viable at the moment.
The batch consists of 5,300 tonnes of fuel that meets strict product quality requirements and sustainability conditions throughout the chain of production, logistics, and marketing. Its use will avoid the release of 300 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere – equivalent to the CO2 released by 40 Madrid-Bilbao flights.
New energy solutions we are developing
Find out more about our circular economy projects
Sustainable extenders for the rubber industry
We continue driving sustainability with our products specially designed for the rubber industry.
Eco-aggregates: A new product for capturing CO2
We've joined forces with O.C.O. Technology Limited to produce more sustainable products by capturing and using CO2 emitted in our industrial processes.
Ecoplanta: The first circular methanol plant in Spain
We joined forces with Enerkem and Agbar to manage and build a recovery plant to transform waste into new products.
Polyurethane recycling pioneers in Spain
Our chemical recycling plant in Puertollano will go into operation by the end of 2022 to recycle around 2,000 tonnes of this waste.
We are pioneers in certified circular polymers that have been produced by incorporating plastic waste as raw material.
We bring renewable energy generation to the point of consumption by creating solar communities.
We implement solutions to transform biomass into advanced biofuels with low CO2 emissions.
Drilling mud management
We transform drilling mud waste into new fuels by applying thermal desorption techniques.
Lubricants formulated with regenerated bases
We use base oils derived from the regeneration of used oils to produce new lubricants.
Waste treatment in our facilities
We apply bioremediation and compost techniques to make use of waste.
Reusing asset equipment
We extend the useful life of our asset equipment by reusing it in our own operations or those of other companies.
Reusing water from urban wastewater plants
We reuse water from urban wastewater treatment plants to reduce the amount of fresh water consumed.