Biofuels

Galp began producing biofuels to protect the environment, comply with environmental specifications and extend the energy sector’s value chain.

As an integrated production player of biodiesel covering the whole chain, from raw material to marketing, we can ensure agricultural projects are environmentally and socially sustainable, while maximising emissions reduction throughout the product’s lifecycle.

This project will also contribute to increasing the security of supply by diversifying raw material sources.

Upstream

At the upstream level, the Company is running a palm oil plantation project in Brazil.

The plantations total about 41,400 hectares, planted between 2011 and 2015, and in 2017 they produced about 200 thousand tons of fresh fruit bunches (FFB) used for palm oil.

The production of FFB will grow gradually over the next few years, eventually reaching about 1 million tons of FFB per year.

Downstream

At the downstream level, it is worth highlighting operations from Enerfuel, a production unit located in Sines for the production of advanced biofuels.

It has an installed capacity of 25 kton of biofuel per year, and it is 100% dedicated to processing waste oils and waste animal fats into biodiesel.

In 2016, it produced about 21 kton of biodiesel from waste materials (2G biodiesel).

Internal work was also carried out to adapt a Sines Refinery unit to produce HVO biodiesel (hydrotreated vegetable oil) by co-processing, with an annual capacity of 47 kton.

Actions and objectives

In 2017, Galp introduced around 248 thousand m³ of biodiesel in road transport in Portugal. In Spain, around 133 thousand m³ of biofuels were introduced, also in compliance with local legislation. Through the introduction of biofuels in the road market, we have contributed to prevent 458 kton CO2.

Galp will continue to comply with the introduction of biofuels in Iberia in accordance with objectives set by the European Commission and the respective countries.

In 2020, Galp expects to achieve the 10% contribution goal, using the various renewable supplements available for both gasoline and diesel.

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