Biofuels from waste
At Repsol, we have years of experience in the production and commercialization of biofuels. At our Repsol Technology Lab, we research new routes and alternative raw materials to produce our fuels in a circular and sustainable way.
Alternative raw materials from waste
Refineries are ready to process residual raw materials, in fact, we have been processing pyrolysis oil from plastic waste since 2015. This oil is obtained from the chemical recycling of plastic waste that is not suitable for mechanical recycling and which would otherwise end up in landfills.
Other raw materials used are vegetable oil waste and wine-based alcohols derived from wine industry waste, which we have been introducing in our processes since 2019.
These fuels are a competitive and available technological solution to significantly reduce emissions in transportation, and furthermore, for serving as a much-needed solution to the amount of waste society generates, which takes us one step closer to reaching our 2050 objective: To become a net zero emissions company.
Refineries not only could process non-hazardous waste from other sectors like the food industry as raw material, but they also could use municipal solid waste, like pruning, agricultural, and livestock waste. This leads to a clear incentive for implementing circular economy in Spain and a driving force of economic development in rural areas.
Thanks to the circular economy, we have taken on the steadfast commitment of doubling our production of high-quality hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) biofuels to 600,000 tons per year by 2030, from which half will be produced before 2025 from waste.
Fuels from urban waste
We recover leftover energy from urban waste that has reached the end of its useful life in order to produce fuels.
We obtain new polyolefins from recycled materials, while guaranteeing top quality and functionality.
We bring renewable energy generation to the point of consumption by creating solar communities.
Drilling mud management
We transform drilling mud waste into new fuels by applying thermal desorption techniques.
We transform plastic waste into circular polyolefins that feature the same quality and functionality of virgin materials.
Lubricants formulated with regenerated bases
We use base oils derived from the regeneration of used oils to produce new lubricants.
Waste treatment in exploration and production operations
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 treatment plants
We reuse water from urban wastewater treatment plants to reduce the amount of fresh water consumed.