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Our circular economy projects

Circular polyolefins

Circular polyolefins: Chemical recycling aimed at giving plastic waste a new life

Detalle de una mano con un puñado de poliolefinas

Circular polyolefins are raw materials that are used in the production of plastic materials. They are obtained by substituting part of the virgin feedstock with oil derived from chemically recycling plastic waste that is not suitable for mechanical recycling.

This waste, which would otherwise end up in a landfill, is transformed into alternative raw materials that are used in our industrial complexes, enabling us to limit the use of non-renewable resources.

Since 2015, we have been experimentally using this type of oil at an industrial scale in our Puertollano complex, making us pioneers in the use of pyrolysis oil to produce circular polyolefins.

Alternative high-quality raw materials

As of today, all our petrochemical complexes are ISCC PLUS certified by the Control Union for the production of circular polyolefins. With this certification, we are able to guarantee the traceability of the waste used at our facilities, as well as the same quality and functionality of our products as if they had been produced with virgin raw materials.

This new range of circular products offers the perfect alternative for applications that demand high cleanliness and safety requirements such as in the case of medical and food packaging, among others.

Circular polyolefins in figures

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    10,000 t of plastic waste recovered since 2015

    Since 2015, 10,000 tons of plastic waste have been recovered from landfills and transformed into new raw materials to be used in Repsol's processes.
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    20% of total polyolefins produced with recycled content by 2030

    Our goal by 2030 is that a fifth of the total polyolefins produced will be made from recycled material.
  • 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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