The evolution towards a circular economy model represents an opportunity for change that, while safeguarding natural capital, pursues sustainable development and is able to adapt and respond adequately to an ever more complex socio-economic-environmental context. Our objective is long-term sustainability, which can only be achieved through full efficiency from an economic, operational and environmental point of view. Our commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and, in particular, our alignment with Goal 12 (ensuring sustainable production and consumption models), obliges us to search for continuous regeneration systems and to eliminate waste. Our research into sustainable product and process innovations for use on an industrial scale, shown by Eni’s patents, plays a key part in this.
We want to minimise the consumption of raw materials, water and energy. To achieve this, our circular strategy focuses on using sustainable raw materials (increasingly organic materials or waste materials from production processes). Also their reuse, recycling and recovery (through the recycling of raw materials from waste products and reuse of water and land, as well as waste management and recovery) and the extension of their useful life (by transforming unprofitable or discarded assets and giving them new life and a sustainable future).
To this end, the development of networks in the areas in which we operate is playing an increasingly central role in how we minimise and optimise the use of products, materials, water and energy. Analysing the ways in which we work will be fundamental to quickly identifying opportunities and requirements for technological innovation and new cultural models, both of which will help ensure long-lasting and sustainable development.