Italy

Strengthening our traditional business while building new ones, such as renewables, and supporting the circular economy are vital to a clear, low-carbon strategy that will benefit the whole country.

Il piano di trasformazione digitale

The country in which we started is where we invest the most

The challenges we face

In line with the objective set by the European Union of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, Italy too is pursuing an energy strategy to achieve this goal, investing in energy efficiency, renewables and conversion of the production system.

As the European Union continues to play a global leadership role in reacting to climate change, setting itself increasingly ambitious objectives such as achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, Italy is engaged in a vital process of energy transition. Its commitment to pursuing ambitious national decarbonization targets goes hand-in-hand with the promotion of an economic recovery based on a development model in keeping with the United Nations’ Agenda 2030. Italy’s decarbonization policy depends, in particular, on a massive commitment to energy efficiency, investment in renewables and an environmentally friendly conversion of the production system.

Our strategy

As well as conducting our traditional business, we are developing various renewable energy projects, strengthening our ties with universities and research centres. At the same time, we are making efforts to encourage industrial efficiency by adopting a circular-economy model.

In Italy, we are active in all branches of the energy industry, from Upstream to refining and chemicals, and from R&D to the marketing of our products. In recent years, we have also been increasingly committed to developing renewable sources of energy and to circular economy processes. We are working on a daily basis to develop the most promising technological solutions, in line with the National Energy and Climate Plan, and, in general, with ever more stringent national policy standards. We are carrying forward an ambitious transformation strategy, based on efficiency, digitalization, integration, use of new technologies and development of renewables, so as to offer an increasing number of green, low-carbon and environmentally friendly products, following circular-economy principles. We continue to invest in Italy, developing technologies to change the way in which energy is produced and consumed, generating value for society and the environment through 70 joint ventures with Italian and international universities and research centres, as well as running seven research centres of our own in Italy. This process of transformation began in 2014, in Venice, with a global first: the conversion of a traditional refinery into a biofuel refinery. A project followed up, in 2019, with the conversion to bio of the Gela refinery. This transformation of our refining capacity will enable us to use increasingly sustainable feedstocks and to be palm-oil free by 2030. In future, thanks to an Eni Rewind project, it will be possible to produce bio-oil on an industrial scale, obtained by converting the organic fraction of solid urban wastes, for use in maritime transport or, through bio-refining, for producing high-performance bio-fuels. In 2016, we launched a major photovoltaic deployment project, minimising land use by reclaiming former industrial areas. In 2019, we started another industrial-scale project to develop installations to produce energy from wave power, in conjunction with our partners CDP, Terna and Fincantieri. In 2020, this partnership was boosted by the inauguration of an all-Italian marine energy research laboratory. Also in 2020, we took on new challenges and grasped fresh opportunities, carrying out a feasibility study for a project to capture and store CO₂ in mature-phase underground rock formations in the Ravenna area and promoting the production of hydrogen – a key energy solution for the decarbonization of hard-to-abate sectors – in partnership with major Italian enterprises, including Enel, SNAM and CDP. These are all fruits of the research we are conducting in our laboratories, in conjunction with some of the country’s finest universities and research centres, all of which bears witness to the strategic value Italy places on our development plans.

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Covid-19

Our commitment in Italy and abroad, a challenge we must overcome together. The health emergency has changed our lives. We have combined our efforts, putting in place skills and know-how.

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The main results in Italy

In Italy too we create energy, aiming for efficiency and sustainability in all areas of the business. The following infographics summarise the main 2020 results in the renewable energy sector, Exploration & Production, Gas & Power and Refining & Marketing activities, chemicals and environmental remediation activities through Eni Rewind.

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Renewables for the country

∽ 84MW
Eni's capacity in Italy
in Italia in 2020
27 %
Renewables installed capacity
one of the main projects dedicated to renewable energy in the country
31MW
in the photovoltaic plant in Porto Torres
600 MW Eni's expected capacity in Italy at the end of 2023
the first wind project in Italy
35MW
three wind projects in Puglia
∽ 25 MW
Eni's capacity in Italy in 2018
one of the main projects dedicated to renewable energy in the country
23MW
in the Assemini plant

Exploration & Production 2020

identified in the country
243mm boe
estimated net proved hydrocarbons reserves
launched in the country
107kboe/d
daily hydrocarbons production
dedicated to hydrocarbon production
205.0wells
productive gross oil
39 mm boe annual hydrocarbons production in the country
dedicated to hydrocarbon production
396.0wells
productive gross gas
main developed and undeveloped areas in the country
13,632km²
total net acreage
main developed and undeveloped areas in the country
16, 798 km²
total gross acreage

Gas & Power 2020

7.7millions
retail customers in Italy
7.47bcm
supply of natural gas in Italy
37.30 bcm gas sales by market in Italy
launched in the country
316.6mmcf/d
daily natural gas production
launched in the country
116 bcf
annual natural gas production

Refining & Marketing 2020

with a decrease compared to 2019 as consequence of the measures in the the pandemic peak
4.56 mmtonnes
retail sales in Italy
5.75mmtonnes
wholesale sales
decreased by 380 kliters from 2019
1,206kliters
average gasoline and gasoil throughput
10.31 mmtonnes retail & wholesale sales refined products in Italy
decreased by 28.4% from 2019 following the depressed refining scenario
14.82 mmtonnes
refinery throughputs on own account
distribution network in Italy in 2020
4,184in Italy
Eni's retail network consisted of service stations

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Decarbonization and the circular economy

To ensure long-term sustainability of a low-carbon future, we are on a path towards decarbonization. It is one of the pillars on which our business model is based and supports an energy model in which everyone has access to innovative and clean mixes of energy. The urgent need to protect the environment is a great challenge but also an opportunity to save the planet while building a new, more inclusive economy. This requires our commitment and focus. We need to change mindsets and business models, which can be achieved by reducing waste.

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Renewable energies in Italy

We are developing renewable energy plants near our assets to power them or to release energy into the grid.

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Technologies for evolving renewables

Renewable sources are a key component of long-term carbon neutrality.

At the Research Centre for Renewable Energy and the Environment in Novara we develop new technologies to improve them.

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ISWEC: energy from the sea

We are producing electricity from wave power for offshore plants and coastal communities.

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PEOPLE#2 – Meet Angelo

This 27-year-old technician and researcher has just won the Boston MIT Technology Review prize for young innovators under 35. Meet Angelo Poletto.

14 July 2020
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ALBERT#1 - Smart windows

Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs): smart windows to you. Eni's research centre in Novara has reinvented photovoltaic solar power, giving birth to a new technology that creates energy.

07 July 2020
min read
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The Briefing: smart living

Decarbonization is for the planet health, the ultimate goal. We are going to reveal some solutions, with the purpose of reducing the impact that metropolises and construction have on the environment.

02 April 2021
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Sunlight, an inexhaustible gift

The three technological innovations developed by Eni to use the energy released by the main sequence star.

by Eni Staff
01 February 2021
6 min read
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Research centre for renewable energy and the environment in Novara

Where we are developing latest-generation technologies for latest-generation renewables and environmental protection.

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SUPERFAST#3 - Goal: clean energy

HPC5: powerful research accelerator for zero-carbon energy.

16 March 2020
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LSC: transparent sheets for capturing solar energy

Luminescent solar concentrators transform diffused light into electricity.

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CSP: simple solutions for generating heat

We have made concentrated solar power plants more efficient, economical and versatile.

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ALBERT#3 - Marenergy, the cradle of energy

In Ravenna’s offshore is the world's first hybrid system for collecting solar and wave energy and even storing it.

21 July 2020
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Solar power in the "oven"

From France to Italy, all about new concentration plants.

by Maria Pia Rossignaud
28 August 2020
8 min read
Onda oceanica
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The power of the Italian sea

Italy's role in the development of new technologies to produce energy efficiently from water.

by Maria Pia Rossignaud
15 July 2020
9 min read
Pannelli solari
Stories

A new battery for the Concentrated Solar technology

The CSP technology, one of the many solutions developed by Eni for its decarbonization strategy, can now count on an innovative thermal energy storage system.

by Mike Scott
15 June 2020
6 min read
OPV Pannello fotovoltaico organico
Stories

Molecular modeling for the photovoltaic of the future

Molecular modeling and supercomputers, the constant work of Eni researchers to improve the technology of Organic PhotoVoltaics (OPV) and Luminescent Solar Concentrators (LSC).

by Luca Longo
24 February 2020
5 min read
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The power of the oceans

The energy coming from the sea is still a huge potential. Eni's challenge is to exploit this capacity and hence, expand the field of renewables.

by Paola Arpino
30 March 2020
9 min read

Digitalisation, people and transformation

Digital transformation is a process that affects our entire company across the board. It improves safety, ensures asset integrity, promotes people's skills, increases energy and operational efficiency and drives business opportunities. Italy is at the heart of this road, from project conception to building the first digital lighthouse. We are technologically committed in many areas: artificial intelligence, blockchain, virtual reality, augmented reality, advanced robotics, internet of things and sensors.

It is our people who bring about this transformation. By interacting with technology, we can act faster, more efficiently and more flexibly, ensuring that the company is increasingly sustainable in relation to the environment and its stakeholders and more competitive on the reference market, with the aim of contributing to the energy transition. 

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Eni IT and the Green Data Center

The Green Data Center opened in Italy in 2013 and hosts all Eni’s application systems, processing infrastructure and central telecommunications systems. It is a highly technological plant built to international standards of excellence. 

It provides IT services to management, industrial and commercial departments and all our sites, integrating with 20 local data rooms distributed throughout Italy, and providing services in more than 73 countries. 

The Green Data Center

Our projects in Italy

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