Italy is undergoing a major process of energy transition that sees it heavily involved in pursuing ambitious decarbonization targets within a European continent that is already leading the world in the fight against climate change. Italy’s decarbonization strategy is based on a major commitment to energy efficiency and investment in renewables.
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.
The country in which we started is where we invest the most
We are always working to develop cutting-edge technologies, in line with the goals of the Italian National Energy and Climate Plan. We pursue an ambitious transformation strategy, based on efficiency, integration, the use of new technologies, and the development of energy from renewable sources. We began in 2014, by converting the refinery in Venice into the world's first bio-refinery, followed by the Gela bio-refinery in 2019: thanks to a project run by Eni Rewind, in the near future both will be able to produce bio-oil from organic waste.
Starting in 2016 we launched a major project for the deployment of photovoltaics with zero land consumption, using reclaimed former industrial areas; and last but not least, in 2019, with our partners CDP, Terna and Fincantieri, we launched a project to build wave energy power stations on an industrial scale. All this is the result of the research that we carry out in our laboratories, also in partnership with the most important universities and research centres in the country, which testifies to the strategic value that Italy has in our development plans.
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 2019 results in the renewable energy sector, Exploration & Production, Gas & Power and Refining & Marketing activities, chemicals and environmental remediation activities through Eni Rewind.
Renewables for the country
Exploration & Production 2019
Gas & Power 2019
Refining & Marketing 2019
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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.
We plan to develop renewable energy plants in Italy near our sites in order to supply them or put energy on the grid.
Where we are developing latest-generation technologies for latest-generation renewables and environmental protection.
HPC5: powerful research accelerator for zero-carbon energy.
With Turin Polytechnic we have opened a research laboratory to exploit the energy of the sea: with ISWEC we produce electricity from wave motion, with the possibility of powering offshore plants.
We are developing a technology to generate solar energy from an extremely thin film, harnessing the properties of photoactive polymers.
We have invented special transparent sheets that capture light at low intensity and concentrate this along the edges, where it is transformed into electricity.
We have improved the performance of concentrated solar power plants to make them more efficient, economical and versatile.
This is the story of Alessandra, the lab technician who won the Innovators Under 35 award from MIT Technology Review magazine.
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.
In Ravenna’s offshore is the world's first hybrid system for collecting solar and wave energy and even storing it.
This 27-year-old technician and researcher has just won the Boston MIT Technology Review prize for young innovators under 35. Meet Angelo Poletto.
From France to Italy, all about new concentration plants.
OPV solar panels and the development of solar energy in Europe.
Italy's role in the development of new technologies to produce energy efficiently from water.
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.
Molecular modeling and supercomputers, the constant work of Eni researchers to improve the technology of Organic PhotoVoltaics (OPV) and Luminescent Solar Concentrators (LSC).
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.
2008 saw the first edition of the Eni Award. In 12 years, 78 researchers from five continents have been awarded, and the story goes on.
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.
Our projects in Italy
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