Saltar al contenido

Climate change

New energy solutions

Present in new businesses and energy solutions

We intend to play an important role in the energy transition by boosting the sustainability and efficiency of our processes and products, as well as developing new energy businesses with low greenhouse gas emissions. We are counting on our experience as an integrated energy company to lead the quest for new energy solutions.

We lead the development of pioneering energies and solutions for sustainable mobility, by researching, developing, and producing biofuels, and through our investments in the electric mobility and shared mobility sectors.

We are positioning ourselves in the new, low-emission energy market with renewable energies and natural gas combined cycles.

Focusing on three main areas

As a company, we work for a future with alternative energies
  • Wind power

    Low-carbon electricity

  • Sustainable mobility

    Sustainable mobility

  • Biofuels

    Biofuels

Our biofuels

At Repsol, we began incorporating biofuels into our vehicle gasolines and diesels for over 20 years. In Spain, on average 6% of the energy content of our gasolines and diesels is biofuel, and by 2020 this figure will increase to 8.5% in line with EU regulatory requirements.

  • Since 1998, we have invested in the transformation of MTBE plants, a mineral component used to produce gasoline, as well as bio-ETBE plants that use bioethanol, with a 37% renewable energy content. In addition, in 2006 we launched a technological development line that allows us to produce Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) from vegetable biomass in our refineries.
  • We follow international schemes that certify the sustainability of the raw materials used in our production chain.
  • We focus on promoting the advanced biofuel projects carried out in the Repsol Technology Lab using non-food raw materials such as lignocellulosic biomass , which have a high technological component and reduce the carbon footprint. With these initiatives, we aim to create compounds that demonstrate high performance in ignition engines that are compatible with traditional fuels:
  • Identifying and selecting microorganisms with a high capacity to break down lignocellulose.
  • Designing and building a model microorganism with synthetic metabolic routes to produce these compounds.

Preliminary results with one of the enzymes under study open the door to the biological synthesis of a whole family of compounds that, until now, could not be produced biologically. Biological processes usually occur in less extreme reaction conditions and produce fewer secondary products or waste. That’s why they often have less environmental impact. They can also be produced from renewable raw materials .

Innovation and technology for sustainable mobility

Internal combustion engines still have great potential for improvement through technological development, estimated at 30% in 2030 as compared to current engines. At the same time, diesels and gasolines must be adapted to the requirements of new engines.

Our refineries, positioned in the first quartile in competitiveness and efficiency in Europe, are prepared to adapt themselves to these changes. Well aware of our key role in the development of the mobility of the future, we've implemented different lines of action which will allow us to be part of the solution to sustainable mobility that contributes in the fight against climate change:

Surtidor de AutoGas de una estación de servicio Repsol

AutoGas liquid direct injection

We have led this development in conjunction with the companies AVL and DELPHI, proving the benefits of using LPG or Autogas as a liquid direct injection fuel with its 15% reduction of CO2 emissions as compared to gasoline. Additionally in 2019 and following a develpment project with Repsol Technology Lab, we have invested in the company BEGAS for the commercialization of a heavy vehicle engine fueled 100% with LPG.

Electric mobility

Punto de recarga de coche eléctrico en una estación de servicio Repsol

Our commitment includes the entire process, from generation of renewable electricity to vehicle recharge in accordance with the customer's needs and the evolution of all the vehicles on the road. We participate in the largest charging station network in Spain with over 1,700 charging points. In April 2019 we opened our first ultra-fast recharge point on the Iberian Peninsula at a service station in Lopidana, Álava.

  • Since 2014 we've had a stake in the company Silence, dedicated to the design, production, and sale of electric scooters and systems for changing the batteries of electrical motorcycles.
  • In 2018 we became sharholders of Ample, a company dedicated to the development of new recharge technology for electrical vehicles.
  • We take part in a CLIMA electric mobility project, and we were the first company to verify GHG emissions reductions in the history of CLIMA projects in Spain. We have verified reductions for the past six years, with an accumulated total of 1,124 metric tons of CO 2, the equivalent of 8.5 million km emissions-free driving
Coche Wible de carsharing

Carsharing

Repsol and car manufacturer Kia in 2018 created Wible, a new carsharing operator offering its services in Madrid with a fleet of 500 rechargeable hybrid vehicles with a range of 600 kilometers and the "zero emissions" tag. Wible is the first carsharing platform in Madrid that allows driving and parking in the center and outskirts of the city, with operating bases throughout the metropolitan center and contracted private parking spaces in the center of Madrid.
Montaje infográfico con un coche y el número 100

High-octane gasoline

Our Repsol Efitec 100 Neotech gasoline is inspired in racing gasolines, allowing us to reduce fuel consumption (and thus CO2 emissions) by more than 18% in the most demanding of conditions.

Our roadmap to low-emissions businesses

The Company's strategy is to move towards a future of low emissions. The goal is to make progress in the energy transition and reduce the emissions from our operations and products in line with the our commitment to fight climate change according to the ambitious targets outlined in the Paris Agreement. We have committed ourselves to investing €2.5 billion between 2018 and 2020 in renewable energies, combined cycles, and other low-emissions technologieswith the aim of reaching 4.5 GW installed capacity in 2025.

Our 2025 objectives

  • Repsol gas and electricity

    Acquire a 5%
    share of the Spanish gas and electricity retail market

  • Woman holding a lightbulb

    4,500 MW
    of low-emissions electricity generation capactiy

The incorporation of Viesgo’s assets brings us three hydroelectric power plants located in northern Spain with an installed capacity of 700 MW. Thanks to this, we have become an important player in the Spanish electricity market, with a total installed capacity of 2,952 MW (2,352 from the hydroelectric and combined cycle facilities acquired from Viesgo, and over 600 MW from our cogeneration plants), a more than 2% share of the retail electricity and gas market in Spain, and an 800,000-strong customer portfolio.

In addition, we have expanded our presence in the renewables sector through the Valdesolar Hive project, which is developing one of the largest solar energy farms in Spain in Valdecaballeros in the region of Badajoz.

These actions help reduce our carbon intensity and contribute toward the 2025 objectives set in the update to our Strategic Plan, managing climate change risks while, at the same time, seizing opportunities.

We also hold a stake in the company Principle Power Inc. (PPI), a technology and service provider for the deepwater offshore wind energy market. One of its floating prototypes, located in Portuguese waters, generated 1,700 MWh between December 2011 and July 2016. This technology is already being developed on the commercial scale through the Windfloat Atlantic project (with three 8 MW-turbines) that we are carrying out alongside our partners EDP Renovables and Engie. It is expected to be operational in December 2019.

Windfloat Project

Best practices

The best way to show our commitment to the fight against climate change is by sharing real stories about the actions we have taken.