For the first time, the largest Spanish oil and gas company Repsol produced 5.3 thousand tons of aviation biofuel from industrial waste at a plant in Bilbao. This amount is enough to compensate for the emissions of 300 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. According to the company’s website, it is equivalent to 40 flights from Madrid to Bilbao (about 400 kilometers between the cities).
Earlier, Repsol launched the production of biofuels at plants in Puertollano and Tarragona, where biomass is used as a raw material. The company will soon build a plant to produce biofuels for aircraft and cars at the oil refinery in Cartagena. It will supply 250 thousand tons of “green fuel” annually, which will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 900 thousand tons — this amount is absorbed by forests with an area of 180 thousand football fields. The use of biofuels is especially important for airplanes and trucks, which are more difficult to turn into electric vehicles than passenger cars.
By the end of 2030, Repsol plans to produce more than two million tons of environmentally friendly fuel. The company’s goal is to lead the energy transition and achieve zero emissions by 2050.