Repsol has successfully produced the first batch of biofuel for aviation at its industrial complex in Tarragona in Spain. With this milestone, the company advances in the manufacture of fuels with a low-carbon footprint for sectors, such as aeronautics, where alternatives like electrification are difficult to implement. Production of this biojet fuel took place at the Repsol Industrial Complex in Tarragona and more batches of biofuel for aviation will be manufactured at the group’s other industrial complexes in Spain. As part of its overall decarbonization strategy, Repsol also has initiatives underway for the manufacture of low-emissions fuels based on residues at its various industrial sites.
The batch manufactured from biomass in Tarragona has passed the stringent tests required for this kind of products. It consists of 10,000 tons of aviation fuel, equivalent to the consumption of 145 flights between Barcelona and Los Angeles, and has a bio content of less than 5% in order to comply with the quality requirements established in international specifications. Its use as a sustainable aviation fuel will avoid the emission of 630 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, the equivalent of 55 flights between Madrid and Barcelona.
In Spain, the Integrated National Plan for Energy and Climate recognizes that biofuels currently represent the most widely available and used renewable technology in transportation. In certain sectors, such as aviation, biojet fuel produced from biomass or waste is the only existing alternative to fossil fuels and is included in the list of sustainable fuels.