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Our circular economy projects

Biofuels from waste

Biofuels from waste

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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.

Low-emissions fuels

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.

Waste-based biofuels in figures

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    600,000 t of biofuels per year by 2030

    We are committed to doubling our production of high-quality hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) biofuels to reach 600,000 tons per year by 2030. Half will be produced from waste before 2025.
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    85-90% reduction in COemissions

    Vegetable oil waste and wine-based alcohols from waste in the wine industry lead to a significant reduction of CO2 emissions, up to an 85-90% reduction in the case of wine alcohol, in comparison to the traditional fuels they substitute.
  • 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

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