One of the first things that come to mind, when you think about how you can contribute to the fight against climate change, is probably your means of transportation. It is, no doubt, crucial to find viable solutions for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from our daily travels and movement of goods. Luckily, the alternatives are already here.
Electrification will be an indispensable lever. However, the roll-out of electric vehicles will not be enough, and it will take time to substitute the whole fleet of cars on the roads. So, the real question is why change only the cars when we can also change the fuels?
A large part of the answer lies in the opportunities offered by low-carbon liquid fuels, such as advanced biofuels and synthetic fuels. They come from renewable raw materials and are a sustainable solution for the decarbonization of all segments of mobility, particularly hard-to-abate sectors like aviation, maritime, and heavy-duty road transport.
Advanced biofuels made from organic waste can reach the market on a massive scale and start the decarbonization of mobility now. They make it possible to reduce net CO2 emissions by 65-95% compared to the traditional fuels they replace, using existing internal combustion engines and distribution and refueling infrastructures, thus accelerating the pace of decarbonization. They will also help accelerate electrification by means of faster penetration of plug-in hybrid cars that are more convenient to many citizens than pure electric vehicles.
Repsol has been incorporating biofuels into its automotive fuels for more than two decades. It relies on the circular economy as one of its strategic pillars, and it has made the commitment to use waste to produce two million tons of low-carbon fuels by 2030.