Biofuels from waste

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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.

Low-emissions fuels

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.

Our figures


million tonne capacity

of biofuel production by 2030.


of biofuel production

will be derived from waste by 2030.

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.

Classification by key lines and value chain