World Environment Day: the union of innovation and sustainability with Repsol Reciclex®

World Environment Day
05 June 2024

Like every June 5, this year we celebrate World Environment Day again. It is a date established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972, aiming to highlight the importance of protecting the natural environment, something fundamental for human well-being and economic progress. 

World Environment Day is also an invitation to be active players in the promotion of sustainable development. At Repsol Lubricants, we are deeply committed to these principles and we work to contribute to the company's goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

This means focusing our efforts in two key areas: reducing the carbon footprint of our products throughout their life cycle and continuously innovating to develop more sustainable solutions. 

How to transform waste into resources

One of the best examples of our commitment is the Repsol Reciclex® initiative. It is a novel material composed of polyolefins and polyols made from plastic waste. Through advanced technologies, we incorporate this waste into virgin polymers, managing to maintain the same properties as the original ones

In this way, the resulting containers incorporate 60% post-consumer plastic. Since the start of the year, Reciclex® has been used in all 1l-, 4l-, and 5l-lubricants containers of the different product ranges, including engine and transmission oils for cars, motorcycles, and heavy-duty vehicles.  

Packaging recycling

Lubricant recycling

  • Packaging waste
    We recover post-consumer packaging at the end of its useful life, so it does not end up in landfill.
  • Packaging recycling
    We separate and classify packaging to give it a second life.
  • Manufacturing recycled plastic
    We manufacture our Repsol Reciclex® grades with 70% post-consumer recycled material.
  • Plastic packaging manufacturing
    We manufacture Repsol lubricant containers of 1l, 4l, and 5l (Please confirm the sizes are correct) in five colors for the different product ranges, with a 60% recycled content.
  • Recycled packaging
    This packaging saves 25% of the carbon footprint compared to the previous packaging.
  • Lubricant Waste
    We use renewable and circular bases, from regenerated used oil.
  • Lubricant recycling plant
    The regeneration of used oil allows this waste to be treated and converted back into raw material that will then be incorporated into our lubricants. Thanks to this process, our products CO2 footprint is reduced.
  • Environmentally certified plant
    We will reduce our main production center's net emissions by 70% by 2030 and reduce our water footprint.
  • Lubricant manufacturing
    With the use of renewable bases and sustainable additives, we will obtain a portfolio of 60% renewable lubricants by 2030.
  • Filling and labeling
    Lubricants manufactured in compliance with strict controls are put in containers made with Reciclex®, labeled, and made available to the market, always maintaining the highest quality standards.
  • Recycling lubricants and packaging
    With the aim of protecting the environment from the impact of this waste, both used oil from vehicles and most production processes, as well as its packaging, are recovered to be later incorporated into the manufacturing of new packaged products.
  • Final consumption
    We contribute to lower energy consumption and more efficiency by reducing friction, giving machinery and engines a longer useful life.
  • Transport and Logistics Optimization
    We continue to reduce the carbon footprint throughout the supply chain of our products by optimizing transportation routes and promoting renewable fuels use.
  • Repsol Technology Lab
    Our Repsol Technology Lab experts are constantly searching for solutions to achieve a portfolio of products with fewer emissions, more efficient, and competitive.

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A process that goes beyond

However, the commitment to the environment is not only in the container, but also in the content. The used oil regeneration process allows this waste to be treated and converted into raw material again to be incorporated into our lubricants. Thanks to this circular process, the CO2 footprint of our products is reduced. In this way, we will reduce the net emissions of our main production center by 70% by 2030, as well as its water footprint.

At Repsol Lubricants, we celebrate World Environment Day by reaffirming our commitment to sustainability and innovation. With these initiatives, we do our bit to build a more sustainable future for everyone.