Producing raw materials to make reusable asphalts
We strive to provide society the best eco-friendly and safe infrastructures. Thanks to the circular economy, we apply our innovative spirit to the development of sustainable and circular solutions in the asphalt industry to make it more efficient and longer lasting.
In our facilities, we produce the raw materials needed to manufacture more sustainable asphalts, which last longer and are able to be recycled at the end of their useful life.
Thanks to the use of bitumens and emulsions containing rejuvenators, which we produce in our plants, we can recycle and reuse highway pavement that has become deteriorated by use and weather. In this way, we are able to reduce the quantity of asphalt waste that ends up in landfills by giving it several more lives.
Additionally, we are developing our own technology that will give roads "self healing" capabilities when its materials begin to show signs of damage, therefore increasing its useful life.
We are also working on initiatives with other industrial sectors (industrial symbiosis) like tire manufacturers. Through our own development techniques, we collaborate with these industries in evaluating and reusing its waste to produce asphalts, even improving the properties of conventional asphalts.
In 2020, Repsol was awarded four Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) verified by AENOR for its bitumens with rubber dust from end-of-life tires, conventional asphalt bitumens, polymer-modified bitumens, and bituminous emulsions produced at Repsol facilities. These cradle-to-gate EPDs outline the environmental information on the products’ life-cycle in order to provide greater transparency for buyers.
In this way, Repsol makes verified information available to its customers that’s reliable, quantifiable, and comparable, which in turn results in a documented procurement process. Therefore, Repsol is promoting a transition towards a more circular and responsible consumption model by taking another step in its commitment to the circular economy and sustainability.
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
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 2022 to recycle around 2,000 tonnes of this waste.
Fuels from urban waste
We recover leftover energy from urban waste that has reached the end of its useful life in order to produce fuels.
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.
Waste treatment in our facilities
We apply bioremediation and compost techniques to make use of waste.
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.