Repsol, Bilbobus and Alsa have launched the first pilot project in Spain to use HVO - a net zero emissions fuel.
Over the next four months, 12 buses in the fleet of Bilbobus, the Bilbao city bus line, will run on advanced residue-based biofuels.
HVO is an advanced biofuel that meets the European Union Renewable Energy Directive's requirements for certification as a sustainable fuel, and it is considered a net zero emissions fuel.
The project will contribute to saving approximately 300 tons of CO2 emissions during the time of the pilot phase.
It aims to demonstrate that advanced residue-based biofuels offer part of the solution to reaching the sustainability objectives in road mobility by helping to diversify Spain's energy matrix.
More than 100,000 litres of fuel to be used in the project will be supplied by the Repsol Technology Lab.
Alsa, a leading mobility company in Spain and one of Repsol's strategic partners, has joined this pilot project with its Bilbobus fleet as part of its innovation strategy.
This project involving the Bilbobus fleet, operated by Alsa, is being carried out with the participation of the Repsol Technology Lab, a cutting-edge research center with 240 scientists and researchers.
In addition to supplying the fuel used in the project, the Repsol Technology Lab has also performed the necessary tests to ensure that the fuel stood up to the standards of quality required by the European Union Renewable Energy Directive's technical and sustainability specifications.
Repsol has been incorporating biofuels into its automotive fuels for over two decades. The content of biofuels has been increasing in the last few years — biofuels made up 9.5% of energy in 2021 — in line with Spanish regulatory requirements that follow through on the country's commitments agreed to with the EU.
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