Biofuels from waste
Raw materials 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 more circular and sustainable way.
The refineries are prepared to process raw materials of waste origin. In fact, since 2015, we have been processing pyrolysis oil from plastic waste. This oil is obtained from the chemical recycling of plastic waste that is not suitable for mechanical recycling and would otherwise end up in landfill.
Other raw materials used are waste vegetable oils, as well as wine alcohols from wine industry waste, which we have been incorporating into our production processes since 2019.
The use of these raw materials from waste enables a significant reduction in CO2 emissions compared to the traditional fuels they replace, for example, in the case of wine alcohols by up to 85-90%.
These fuels are a competitive and available technological solution to significantly reduce emissions in transport and also allows us to provide a comprehensive solution to the problem of waste generated by our society, which brings us closer to meeting our 2050 goal: to be a zero net emissions company.
Refineries could use as raw materials not only waste from industries such as food, but also solid urban waste, pruning waste, agricultural and livestock waste. This is a clear boost to the implementation of the circular economy in Spain and a driver for the development of the economy in rural areas.
of biofuel production by 2030.
will be derived from waste by 2030.
New energy solutions we are developing
Classification by key lines and value chain
Our circular economy projects are aligned with the key lines of our strategy and are present throughout our entire value chain, from obtaining raw materials to commercializing products and services.
Find out more about our circular economy projects
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.
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.
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 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.