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SUSTAINABLE FUELS -- Spain's Repsol has produced its first-ever batch of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from waste at its Petronor Industrial Complex in Bilbao. Two previous batches that used biomass as feedstock were processed at its Puertollana and Tarragona plants in 2020 and early 2021. The company says the 5,300 tons of waste-based SAF will remove 300 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere -- equivalent to 40 flights between Madrid and the northern city of Bilbao. To meet its net-zero emissions target by 2050, Repsol is in the process of transforming its industrial hubs into multienergy facilities that can make low-carbon products. The Spanish parliament passed the Climate Change and Energy Transition Law in May which singles out SAF as the most widely available technology to reduce emissions in air transport. Repsol's strategic objectives include a target to produce 1.3 million tons of sustainable biofuels by 2050 and more than 2 million tons by 2030. Last year it announced a project to build a 250,000 ton/yr plant in Cartagena for waste-based biojet as well as hydrobiodiesel, bionaptha and biopropane (JFI Jul.16'21).

Biofuels (incl. SAF)
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