Spanish giant Repsol has put its decarbonisation plans to the test with the first production of bio-jet fuel in its home market.
The company said it is a cleaner fuel with a low-carbon footprint designed for sectors such as the aviation industry where alternatives like electrification are not currently viable.
Repsol — headed by chief executive Josu Jon Imaz — has produced the first batch at its industrial complex in Puertollano, becoming a pioneer in the production of sustainable aviation fuel in Spain.
This first batch, produced using biomass, consists of 7000 tonnes of aviation fuel, the equivalent of the fuel consumed in 100 flights between Madrid and Los Angeles, according to the company.
Following testing, Repsol said the bio-jet fuel has a bio component of less than 5%, which allows it to meet the quality requirements established in the international specifications.
Its use will prevent 440 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from being released into the atmosphere, the equivalent of 40 flights between Madrid and Barcelona, Repsol said.
Looking ahead, further batches of aviation biofuel will be produced at the group’s other industrial complexes in Spain, including initiatives to produce biofuels from waste.
Under its strategy to become a net-zero emissions company by 2050, Repsol aims to double its production of high-quality biofuels made from vegetable oils to 600,000 tonnes by 2030, half of which will be produced from waste before 2025.
In addition, the company recently announced that it will launch two major industrial decarbonisation projects at the Petronor refinery in Bilbao.
The first project involves building one of the largest plants in the world for the production of net zero emissions fuels using CO2 and green hydrogen generated with renewable energy.
The second project is a plant for gas generation from urban waste to replace part of the traditional fuels used in Petronor’s production processes.