Leading the change towards sustainable transportation with renewable fuels

Low-carbon renewable fuels are a key part of the circular economy, representing a real and existing alternative to drive the decarbonisation of transport.

We need to support fiscal neutrality, including subsidies, incentives and tax breaks for all solutions, thereby helping to encourage the investment needed to achieve decarbonisation targets and boost the use of renewable fuels.

The Circular Economy

The circular economy is a model of production and consumption that ensures sustainable economic growth over time. It also promotes the optimisation of resources, the reduction of raw material consumption and the use of waste, with a view to using fewer raw materials, generating less waste and reducing CO2 emissions.

The numerous benefits offered by a production model based on the circular economy include environmental protection by reducing emissions, minimising the consumption of natural resources and reducing waste generation; benefits for the local economy by promoting production models based on the use of local waste as a raw material; the promotion of employment (including rural employment), given that this stimulates the development of a new, more innovative and competitive industrial model, as well as greater economic growth; and reduced reliance on the import of raw materials, due to their better use and the use of local resources.

The circular economy is a key cross-cutting pillar for CRECEMOS. Generating new renewable energy sources and adopting circular economy practices promotes sustainability, helping to reduce carbon emissions across multiple economic sectors.

Sustainable transport

The transport sector is undergoing a profound transformation, and is facing challenges that affect the economy, society and the environment. Although alternative technologies are already available, their mass adoption is being held back by their high cost and the lack of viable solutions for transporting people and goods. Therefore, low-carbon fuels, renewable hydrogen and electrification must coexist to address the challenge of decarbonisation of the entire transport sector by investing in infrastructure such as charging points, vehicles with greater autonomy…

Governments play a key role here, as they must support and facilitate access to these technologies with policies that include fiscal incentives, subsidies and regulations that promote sustainable modes of transport, which is at once an environmental, social and economic issue. Providing a secure and renewable supply can improve the quality of life of all of society, while encouraging the use of technologies that mitigate environmental impacts and protect our planet.

In this regard, the inclusion of new alternatives, such as renewable fuels, can speed up the transition towards more sustainable mobility, strengthening industrial competitiveness and aligning Spain with global trends in efficiency and sustainability.

Renewable fuels

Renewable fuels are chemically comparable to conventional fuels; however, the process for their production is different as they are generated using renewable raw materials, thereby promoting a shift from a linear to a circular economy. At CRECEMOS, we are committed to the following alternatives:

Waste, low-carbon and advanced biofuels: these are generated using raw materials and biomass such as waste kitchen oil, waste from the agri-food industry and forestry residues. They currently reduce the carbon footprint over their entire life cycle by approximately 70-90%. One example is hydrobiodiesel or HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil).

Synthetic fuels (e-fuels): these are obtained by combining CO2 captured, for example, from the atmosphere or biogenic CO2 with renewable hydrogen produced by the electrolysis of water. An example of this fuel is e-diesel. According to a report by the European Commission, synthetic fuels can significantly reduce carbon emissions compared to conventional fuels.

The use of renewable fuels can help address the energy trilemma by offering a sustainable solution, secure supply and affordability. Their positive impact on the Spanish economy can be summarised in the following benefits:

Reduction of energy dependence.

 Industrial transformation, job creation and maintenance.

Contribution to the decarbonisation of the transport sector (road, air and sea) and the development of the agricultural sector.

Positive impact on society.