Producing raw materials to make reusable asphalts

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Materials and technology at the service of roads

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.

Pavement recycling

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.

 

Circular benefits

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Repsol first European manufacturer of bituminous binders to be awarded Environmental Product Declarations

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.

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