Repsol and Geregras to promote collection of used cooking oil in Spain

Repsol impulsará con Geregras la recolección de aceites usados de fritura en España

Repsol and Geregras, a leading association in the used oil collection sector, have entered into an agreement for the joint promotion of the collection of cooking oils from the hospitality sector (hotels, restaurants and cafeterias) and from homes.

The two entities have dual goals. Firstly, to develop an embryonic sector still lacking in professionalism in Spain, as demonstrated by current collection rates of less than 40%. And secondly, collection and correct management of this waste would allow it to be recovered, which would reduce the use of natural resources, given that recovered oil can be used as an alternative raw material to manufacture biofuels and other low-carbon-footprint products. These products include polymeric materials essential for the automotive, construction, health and agriculture sectors, amongst others.

The agreement, amongst many other initiatives, reinforces the commitment of Repsol and Geregras to decarbonising the economy, reducing emissions and the circular economy. Repsol is transforming its industrial complexes into multi-energy hubs capable of manufacturing these products with a low, zero or even negative carbon footprint.  The circular economy, together with the growth of the renewable energy business, energy efficiency, renewable hydrogen and CCUS technologies, is one of the fundamental pillars of this transformation, the ultimate goal of which is net zero emissions by 2050.

In addition, the two entities will promote standardisation and the development of a regulatory environment to facilitate the growth of this sector in Spain, as well as encouraging the professionalisation of waste managers in order to ensure correct waste treatment.

Repsol began manufacturing biofuels using used cooking oil at its Petronor and Puertollano industrial complexes in 2019.  Subsequently, in October 2021, the A Coruña Industrial Complex manufactured a first batch of hydrobiodiesel, using cooking oil as a raw material. These biofuels reduce carbon footprint by over 90%, whilst maintaining the properties of conventional diesel.