Renewable fuels from waste
At Repsol, we have been manufacturing and marketing biofuels for years. To do this, we use various raw materials, like vegetable oil waste, used cooking oil, biomass, and wine-based alcohols from waste in the wine industry. The use of these raw materials allows us to significantly reduce CO2 emissions compared to the traditional fuels they replace. Used cooking oil, for example, reduces emissions by 85-90%.
Pioneers in Spain
At Repsol, we are building the first low-emissions advanced biofuels plant in Spain at our refinery in Cartagena. The plant will produce biofuels from recycled raw materials and have an annual production capacity of 250,000 tonnes of hydrobiodiesel, biojet, bionaphtha, and biopropane to be used in aircraft, trucks, or cars.
This pioneering facility will be equipped with cutting-edge technology and the most efficient solutions and will include the commissioning of a hydrogen plant that will fuel a new hydrotreatment unit.
Our plant in figures
investment in Cartagena
during construction and startup
in emissions reduction, thanks to the use of recycled raw materials
as the anticipated start of production
As we rely on the circular economy as a tool to efficiently use resources, these are the targets for this project that fall within our commitment to the energy transition and are in line with our goal of becoming net zero by 2050.
Renewable fuel production capacity in 2030
To come from the use of waste as raw material in 2030
Biofuel from waste for aircraft
We've successfully completed the first batch of aviation biojet fuel from waste on the Spanish market at our Petronor industrial facility. This important milestone in low-emissions fuel production represents an evolution in the decarbonization of air transportation – a sector in which electrification is not viable at the moment.
The batch consists of 5,300 tonnes of fuel that meets strict product quality requirements and sustainability conditions throughout the chain of production, logistics, and marketing. Its use will prevent 300 tonnes of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere, which is equal to the amount of CO2 released by 40 Madrid-Bilbao flights.
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
We produce synthetic fuels using renewable hydrogen and CO2 as a solution for decarbonizing transportation.
Sustainable extenders for the rubber industry
We continue driving sustainability with our products specially designed for the rubber industry.
Eco-aggregates: A new product for capturing CO2
We've joined forces with O.C.O. Technology Limited to produce more sustainable products by capturing and using CO2 emitted in our industrial processes.
Ecoplanta: The first circular methanol plant in Spain
We joined forces with Enerkem and Agbar to manage and build a recovery plant to transform waste into new products.
Polyurethane recycling pioneers in Spain
Our chemical recycling plant in Puertollano will go into operation by the end of 2023 to recycle around 2,000 tonnes of this waste.
We are pioneers in certified circular polymers that have been produced by incorporating plastic waste as raw material.
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.
Lubricants formulated with regenerated bases
We use base oils derived from the regeneration of used oils to produce new lubricants.
Through innovative processes, we recycle polyurethane waste to produce new polyols.
Waste treatment in our facilities
We apply bioremediation and compost techniques to make use of waste.
A plug-in hybrid carsharing service that promotes more responsible consumption patterns.
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.
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What is circular economy?
A production and consumption model that ensures sustainable growth over time, while driving resource optimization.