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The company said the emissions eliminated were equivalent to 40 flights between Madrid and the northern Spanish city of Bilbao (395 km). The fuel was produced at the company’s Petronor Industrial Complex in Bilbao. Repsol had previously produced aviation fuel from biomass at its oil refineries in Puertollano and Tarragon. The use of industrial waste in Bilbao enables Repsol to pursue new developments in the technology of the regenerative circular economy intended to help companies achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
Aviation fuel from biomass and industrial waste is included on the list of types of fuel endorsed within the framework of European directives on renewable energy sources. Their use in the years to come could serve as a spur for the European Union’s “Fit for 55” programme adopted in July by the Executive Commission. Under that programme’s provisions, by 2050, the share of clean fuel to be used by airlines is to rise to 63 % from 2 % in 2025.
Repsol had made public its own ambitions – by 2025, the company, in accordance with its long-term plan, intends to increase its capacity for producing various biofuels from its current level of 700,000 tonnes a year to 1.3 million tonnes. That figure, in turn, is to climb to more than 2 million tonnes a year by 2030.