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Our circular economy projects

Repsol Reciclex®

High-quality raw materials from recycled plastic

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Repsol Reciclex® is a new material created from plastic waste that is incorporated into virgin resins and which maintain the same qualities, ensuring the material's consistency and functionality for its final application. With this new range of products, we expand our commitment to circular economy and our value chain, making more sustainable, innovative solutions.

In our Repsol Reciclex® range, we manufacture high-quality raw plastic materials that incorporate a portion of post-consumer plastic that has completed its useful life and otherwise would end up in a landfill. These raw materials can have various final applications, for example, in:

  • Outdoor furniture, patio chair

    Outdoor furniture

  • Polypropylene bags

    Polypropylene bags

  • A person wrapping clothes with plastic film

    Films

  • Close up of the wheel of a car

    Car components

Repsol Reciclex®: Closing the loop

The process begins with the collection of plastic waste that has reached the end of its useful life and continues with the mechanic recycle, which is a physical process through which plastic is separated and broken down in order to be fed back into new production processes in our petrochemical complexes. The result is the production of a new plastic material that has the same properties and functionality as the virgin raw material, which are required for its final application in containers, car components, and outdoor furniture, among other uses.

Throughout this process, collaboration with the various actors in the value chain is fundamental, from the suppliers of the raw material that guarantee the plastic waste is high-quality to the transformers and waste managers. A deep understanding of our production processes is also very important to ensure that the incorporation of these raw materials is viable for obtaining high-quality final products.

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Strategic partnerships

We have built partnerships within the automotive sector. As such, we have agreements with companies that specialize in vehicle scrapping as well as the recovery of plastic materials that have reached the end of their useful life. This work consist of three stages: scrapping, processing, and capitalization. High-quality polypropylene pieces are recovered from used vehicles that are crushed to make new plastic raw materials from waste. These are later transformed into new raw materials that are used in the automotive sector to "close the loop" of circular economy.

Circular benefits

  • It helps to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.
  • It promotes the use of recycled products that comply with market requirements.
  • We offer our clients innovative solutions that are more sustainable, opening new markets and commercializing plastic raw materials with recycled materials.
  • We minimize the use of virgin feedstock, enabling us to further bolster our commitment to circular economy and apply it throughout the entire value chain.

 

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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.
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    CO2
    reduction

    With Repsol Reciclex®, up to 20% of CO2 emissions could be reduced in comparison to using virgin polyolefins.

Repsol offers you a portfolio with more than 10 new Repsol Reciclex® grades for different applications and end markets.

  • 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.
    Clasificación por ejes y cadena de valor

Find out more about our circular economy projects