In a context in which the European Union continues to play a global leadership role in combating climate change, Italy is undergoing an important energy transition process, which will also be facilitated by the resources made available by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, the NRRP. Our commitment to the ambitious national decarbonisation targets is increasingly aligning with a development model in sync with the UN's 2030 Agenda. Italy's decarbonisation strategy is based on a massive commitment to energy efficiency, investment in renewables and the ecological reconversion of the production system while never losing sight of energy security and the diversification of supplies.
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In Italy we are involved in all facets of the energy chain: from upstream to refining and chemicals, from R&D to the sale of our products. Alongside our traditional businesses, our strategy is increasingly focused on the development of renewable energy sources and circular economy processes. Each day we work to develop the best technological solutions, in accordance with the objectives of the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan and in constant compliance with national and international policy standards. In line with our decarbonisation targets, we are pursuing an ambitious transformation strategy based on efficiency, digitalisation, integration and the use of new technologies, not to mention the development of energy from renewable sources, in order to offer increasingly green, low-carbon and organic products reflecting the principles of the circular economy. We continue to invest in Italy, developing technologies to change the way we produce and consume energy, generating value for society and the environment through over 70 partnerships with Italian and international universities and research centres and 7 research centres in Italy, supported by the Green Data Center in Ferrara where HPC5, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, is located.
We are continuing with Eni's transformation process which began in 2014 in Venice, with the world's first conversion of a traditional refinery into a biorefinery, which was joined in 2019 by the Gela biorefinery, where in March 2021 we inaugurated the new plant that will allow up to 100% biomass to be used that does not compete with the food cycles. Furthermore, we are currently studying the possible construction of a new biorefinery at Eni’s industrial site in Livorno. The conversion of refining capacity has enabled us to use increasingly sustainable feedstocks, becoming palm oil free in late 2022. The collaboration agreement signed in November 2022 with Bonifiche Ferraresi will also allow us to enhance the synergies with existing industrial plants to develop an agro-industrial supply chain in Italy for the regeneration of marginal land and the development of sustainable agronomic practices for feedstock production. Thanks to an Eni Rewind project, in the future it will be possible to produce bio-oil on an industrial scale, obtained from the conversion of the organic fraction of municipal solid waste, which can be used in maritime transport or in biorefining to obtain high-performance biofuels. Since 2021, we have signed strategic agreements with Aeroporti di Roma (ADR) and the management company of the airports in Milan (SEA) to promote decarbonisation initiatives in the air and airport sector, with the supply of alternative sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) biofuel for pure use in ground vehicles. In early 2023 we signed a MoU with Saipem aiming to use biofuels in the Saipem fleet of drilling and construction vessels.
In 2023 we established Eni Sustainable Mobility, which combines our biorefining activities with the sale of products, services and solutions for progressively decarbonised mobility for the energy transition. HVOlution, Eni Sustainable Mobility’s first diesel produced with 100% renewable raw materials, is already available in 50 Enistations and the range of Eni biofuels that can be used pure will soon be extended to other stations in Italy. In addition to this, the first hydrogen refuelling station for road mobility was inaugurated in Venice Mestre in June 2022.
In the area of renewables, we continue to expand our portfolio in the country, including through GreenIT, a joint venture created with CDP (Cassa Depositi e Prestiti) for the production of renewable energy. Also in this area, since 2016 we have launched a major project to disseminate solar panels while minimising land consumption, thanks to the use of reclaimed industrial land. In early 2023, Plenitude, Eni’s Benefit Company, and Simply Blue Group signed an agreement for the joint development of new floating offshore wind projects in Italy. Furthermore, in 2019 we launched a project to develop industrial-scale wave energy production plants together with our partners CDP, Terna and Fincantieri. In 2020 the partnership was further strengthened with the inauguration of an all-Italian marine energy research laboratory. In March 2023, around 800 metres off the coast of the island of Pantelleria, the installation of the world’s first ISWEC (Inertial Sea Wave Energy Converter) device connected to mains electricity was completed. The device, developed by Eni, Turin Polytechnic and Wave for Energy, will be able to convert wave energy to directly supply renewable electricity to the island.
Since 2020 we have also been taking up new decarbonisation challenges and opportunities, exploring the potential of developing projects to capture and sequester the CO₂ in depleted gas reservoirs, at the same time also promoting the production of green and low-carbon hydrogen thanks to partnerships stipulated with major companies operating in the country, including Enel, SNAM, Edison, Air Liquide and CDP. The Joint Venture signed with SNAM in late 2022 will lead to the launch of the first phase of the Ravenna CCS Project, for the development of Italy’s first CO2 capture and storage hub. All of this is the result of the research we carry out in our laboratories, also in partnership with the country's most important universities and research centres, which demonstrates Italy’s strategic value in our development plans. In February 2022 we signed a three-year agreement with ENEA for the study and development of projects in the field of ecological and energy transition, which includes several focuses, from the production of energy from renewable sources with low-CO2 emissions to innovative processes for the exploitation of waste for the production of biogas and biomethane.
The main results in Italy
We produce energy in Italy to, with efficiency and sustainability in mind, in all our business areas. We are active along the entire energy value chain, from exploration to production, from refining to distribution of increasingly decarbonised energy products. The following infographics summarize the main results achieved in 2022.
Global Gas & LNG Portfolio in Italy 2022
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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. Protecting the environment is a great opportunity to create a more sustainable and inclusive economy.
Agrofeedstock production for energy use
On 25 November 2022, we signed a cooperation agreement with BF to assess the development of crops for energy use in Italy, by recovering degraded, abandoned or polluted fields, not competing with food production, to help develop biofuels. The project, started with Coldiretti’s support, aims at creating a virtuous cycle to give new opportunities to Italian farming businesses, and promoting rural development, with the goal of helping to reduce CO2 emissions in the farming and transportation industries. Apart from Eni’s research and development in Sardegna, we also launched a new initiative entailing the study and the production of the first 2,000 hectares used for cultivating oilseeds on the national territory. Eni, BF and Consorzi Agrari d'Italia (CAI) will work together to spread digital technologies and precision farming to make the project even more sustainable. The pilot phase, aimed at cultivating the seeds from which the plant-based oil will be extracted, will being in the first months of 2023. The oil will then be transferred to Eni’s biorefineries to be transformed into biofuel. The farming production will meet the voluntary ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification), according to the European standards. Based on the results obtained, the partners will assess the industrial scalability of the project, on larger areas. The partnership with BG confirms how much the development of an agri-industrial chain on the territory holds a crucial role in diversifying energy sources.
The new agreement between Eni and BF consolidates the parity Agri-energy joint venture established in January 2021 to develop improved seeds for biorefining purposes. In 2022, Agri-Energy has already launched research projects, such as the one in the “open-air labs” of Arborea, Sardegna, to experiment with sustainable crops for energy production, on 15 hectares. Furthermore, JV promotes staff training and international agronomic project support initiatives. The partnership with BG confirms how much the development of an agri-industrial chain on the territory holds a crucial role in diversifying energy sources.
Renewably-sourced energy in Italy
We dedicate our work to researching and producing biofuels from biomasses and wave power, whilst with Plenitude, we develop projects to generate and sell wind and photovoltaic energy.
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.
Plenitude, the retail and business market energy sales company
Plenitude is the company dedicated to the sale of gas, electricity and energy solutions to households, apartment blocks and businesses. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eni SpA, set up to boost sales in the retail and business markets, with innovative solutions to move towards a more sustainable energy consumption model. Plenitude operates in 6 countries in Europe, with 1,600 employees. 10 million people in Europe have chosen our energy. We are the market leader in the sale of natural gas and electricity in Italy, with about 8 million customers. In September 2022 we entered a new partnership with Infrastrutture S.p.A. to develop solar and wind power projects in Italy and Spain by acquiring a 65% stake in Hergo Renewables S.P.A., a company that holds a portfolio of projects in the two countries with a total capacity of approximately 1.5GW. Furthermore, in Dicember 2022, Plenitude signed an agreement to acquire 100% of PLT (PLT Energia S.r.l and SEF S.r.l. and their respective subsidiaries and affiliates), an integrated Italian group producing electricity from renewables and supplying energy to retail customers, with a 1.6 GW renewable capacity portfolio in Italy and Spain and 90,000 retail customers. We have our own flagship stores in cities such as Milan, Bologna, Vicenza, Treviso, Padua and Parma and cover the whole of Italy with our commercial Eni Energy Store partners.
Eni Foundation projects in Italy
With Eni Foundation, we have launched a series of social and humanitarian solidarity initiatives in our country.
Our projects in Italy
The importance of innovation originating in Italy.
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