The fuel was produced at the company's Puertollano Industrial Complex in Ciudad Real, and more batches of aviation biofuel will continue to be manufactured at other facilities of the Group across Spain and through initiatives using biofuels derived from waste at a later time.
The first batch consists of 7000 t of aviation fuel made from biomass – equal to the consumption of 100 Madrid-Los Angeles flights – which passed the demanding tests required by these products. It has a bio content under 5% in order to meet the quality standards established by international specifications and using it will prevent 400 t of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere, which is equal to 40 Madrid-Barcelona flights.
In Spain, the Integrated National Climate and Energy Plan acknowledges that biofuels currently represent the most widely available and used renewable technology in transportation. In the aviation sector, the biojet derived from biomass or waste is today the only alternative, and it's included in the list of sustainable fuels.
Due to the important role these biofuels play in reducing emissions, Repsol began working on different low-carbon solutions applied to transportation several years ago.
Its focus on promoting biofuels, along with renewable generation, synthetic fuels, green hydrogen, self-consumption, and the circular economy, is one of Repsol's key lines of work to achieve its carbon neutrality target by 2050.
With respect to this biojet, testing was carried out to identify the most adequate raw material in order to meet the stringent requirements of the Jet A1 regarding performance in low temperatures and additional quality controls. Moreover, numerous tests were conducted to determine the most adequate concentration of biofuel.
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