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Climate change

New energy solutions


Exploring new energy solutions

We intend to play a relevant 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
  • Biofuels


  • Sustainable mobility

    Sustainable mobility

  • Wind power

    Low-carbon electricity

Revolutionizing how biofuels are developed

  • We help reduce CO2 emissions by using sustainable biofuels, adding bioethanol to gasoline and biodiesel and hydrotreated vegetable oil to diesel.
Our hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) or hydrobiodiesel refineries produce a vegetable oil from oilseeds treated with hydrogen, which forms part of the diesel fuel formulation.
  • We are at the forefront of advanced biofuel production

  • We follow international standards that certify the sustainability of the raw materials used in our entire production chain. The percentage of biofuels included in our gasolines and diesels is higher than the limits required by current legislation.
  • We focus on promoting advanced biofuel projects that use non-food raw materials such as lignocellulosic biomass which have a high technological content and reduce our carbon footprint. They are developed at the Repsol Technology Lab (RTL).
With these initiatives, we seek to obtain high performance molecules for internal combustion engines that are compatible with current fossil fuels by:
  • Identifying and selecting microorganisms with a high capacity for lignocellulose degradation.
  • Designing and building the synthetic metabolic routes for producing these molecules in a model microorganism.
Preliminary results with one of the enzymes studied led to the biological synthesis of a whole family of compounds which, until now, could not be produced biologically. Biological processes tend to occur in milder reaction conditions, result in less waste or fewer by-products, and therefore normally have less of an impact on the environment. Another advantage is that they can be produced using renewable raw materials.

Innovation and technology for sustainable mobility

Charging stations

We are promoting the evolution toward sustainable transportation through a variety of synergies with projects in this area:

  • Through the company IBIL, in which Repsol and the Basque Energy Agency (EVE) each have a 50% share, we have the most widespread charging network on the peninsula.
    • Based on 100% renewable energy, intelligent facilities and terminals, and an infrastructure control center.
    • It operates over 1,000 charging stations in Spain, both public and private.
    • With a total investment of €6 million.
  • WiBLE is a carsharing company that Kia and Repsol hold shares in. It has been up and running in Madrid since summer 2018, and was the first sustainable service to provide coverage to the outskirts of the city.

    With a fleet of 500 cars, the plugin hybrid Kia Niro, the new carsharing operator provides everybody living in Madrid with the safest vehicle on the carsharing market.

  • We work with Scutum, a Repsol investee company since 2014, through the INNVIERTE* program, which focuses on the design, production, and sale of electric platforms and battery extraction systems for electric motorcycles.
    • One of the company's competitive advantages is its removable battery pack system. It has a European patent and industrial design rights for the electric platform, which adapts to the needs of the customer.
    • It has a fleet of over 450 electric motorcycles.
    • It has signed large contracts with big corporate clients such as the Spanish post office, Correos, which added 100 Scutum S02 electric scooters to its fleet in 2016.
  • We are researching and creating technologies so that the batteries used in electric cars can be charged faster and last longer. We aim to develop technologies that minimize or eliminate these limitations.
  • We are also promoting the responsible use of transportation with our corporate electric car sharing program. More than 280 users have registered with the service and in 2016 they traveled over 76,000 km.
* The INNVIERTE program is part of the Spanish Strategy of Science, Technology and Innovation 2013 – 2020. This strategy involves the objectives, reforms, and measures that must be taken in all aspects of R&D in order to boost its growth and impact. The program consists of an agreement with the CDTI (Spain’s Center for the Development of Industrial Technology) to co-invest in Spanish technological SMEs in the field of alternative energy and energy efficiency. The joint investment pledged is €9.3 million, with Repsol contributing €5.3 million and also managing the subsequent company portfolio.

We designed our road map to generate low-emissions electricity

The company’s strategy is to advance towards a future of low emissions. Our objective is to make progress in the energy transition and reduce the emissions related to Repsol’s operations and products, in line with the company’s commitment to fight climate change as set out in the Paris Agreement. Between 2018 and 2020, we are committed to invest 2.5 billion euros in renewable energies, combined cycles, and other low-emission technologies, in order to reach an installed capacity of 4.5 GW by 2025. 

We currently have an installed hydraulic capacity of 0.7 GW and 1.6 GW in natural gas combined cycles, on top of the 1.6 GW generated by our cogeneration units. 

We also plan to continue work on the WindFloat Atlantic project as part of a consortium made up of EDP Renewables, Mitsubishi Corp., Chiyoda Corp., Engie, and Repsol. Startup is expected in 2019, with an installed capacity of 25 MW, and this will be the first next-generation offshore wind farm on the Iberian Peninsula, constructed using Windfloat technology provided by Principle Power, a company that we hold shares in.

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.