Iberia and Spanish energy giant Repsol have made the first flight using biofuel produced from waste in Spain.
The biofuel used in the experiment belongs to the batch produced last August at the Repsol Group’s Petronor Industrial Complex, near Bilbao. Scheduled flight IB 426 was operated with an Iberia-owned Airbus A320neo equipped with Leap-1st CFM engines, and the test was undertaken with the support of Spanish airports operator Aena.
The Madrid-Bilbao flight cut CO2 emissions by 1.4 tons, and a zero-emissions electric-powered aviation fuel supply vehicle was used for refuelling. All ground operations (loading and unloading of baggage, assistance to the aircraft, and towing to the runway) used energy-efficient vehicles.
The batch of jet biofuel used is the third manufactured by Repsol and the first on the Spanish market produced from waste as raw material. Two previous batches were produced from biomass at Repsol's industrial complexes in Puertollano and Tarragona.
This initiative is part of the collaboration agreement towards a more sustainable mobility signed by Repsol and Iberia last July and is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promoted by the United Nations through the 2030 Agenda. The agreement translates into the development of ambitious joint programmes and activities in three areas: the development of low-carbon aviation fuels, the production of electricity and renewable hydrogen to decarbonise Iberia's fleet of vehicles, and the ecological transition to more sustainable facilities through new technologies based on artificial intelligence.