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Repsol produces Spain’s first waste-derived aviation biofuel

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Repsol has completed its first batch of biojet fuel produced from waste on the Spanish market at its Petronor Industrial Complex in Bilbao, Spain.

The batch consists of 5,300 tons of fuel and meets strict product quality requirements and sustainability conditions in the production, logistics, and marketing chain. Its use prevents 300 tons of CO2 emissions, equivalent to 40 flights between Madrid and Bilbao.

This is the third production of biojet carried out by Repsol in Spain. It follows the manufacture of two other batches at the firm’s Puertollano and Tarragona refineries in 2020 and 2021, respectively, where biomass was used as raw material. In the latest batch, however, waste has been used as a feedstock.

The aviation sector is moving decisively towards decarbonisation through the use of biofuels. The International Air Transport Association has set the target of zero carbon emissions growth in the sector from 2020. To achieve this goal, the organisation is developing several initiatives, including the use of different sustainable fuels, such as biofuels and advanced biofuels produced from waste.

Repsol aims to lead the energy transition. In 2020, the company announced it will build Spain’s first low-emission advanced fuels plant in Cartagena, with the capacity to produce 250,000 tons of hydro-biodiesel, biojet, bionaphtha, and biopropane from waste every year.

Additionally, among the objectives set out in its Strategic Plan 2020-2025, Repsol aims to produce 1.3 million tons of sustainable biofuels in 2025 and more than 2 million tons in 2030.