Madrid gets first-ever 'clean' gas station

MADRID, April 14 (UPI) -- Recycled newspaper walls and wool insulation are some of the materials in the world's first sustainable fuel service station, an energy company in Madrid said.

Madrid Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon joined Repsol Chairman Antonio Brufau in a ceremony opening the world's first sustainable service station.


Builders used more than 7,000 recycled newspapers to build the interior walls and used sheep wool for insulation. Furniture inside the station is made of recycled plastic and wood shavings and collected rainwater is used for irrigation and sanitary purposes.

All of the lights at the service station are light-emitting diodes, which last five times longer and use 80 percent less energy than their conventional counterparts, Repsol said in an announcement.

The Spanish company said it embarked on a project to convert more than 500 of its service stations to clean buildings.

"Through this initiative, the company will have the largest network of accessible service stations in Spain and one of the largest in Europe," the company added.

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