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, especially with regard to electricity generation and transport. Natural gas has a critical role to play in this context. As a fuel with a low environmental impact, it supports growth in renewables and technological development.
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 working constantly to develop cutting-edge technology in line with the objectives of the National Energy and Climate Plan. We are implementing an ambitious transformation strategy, based on efficiency, integration and the use of new technologies. This began in 2014 with the conversion of the refinery in Venice, creating the world’s first biorefinery, with the Gela biorefinery following in 2019. Thanks to a project run by Eni Rewind, both will be able to produce bio-oil from organic waste in the near future. In recent years we have launched a major solar-power deployment programme on reclaimed former industrial areas, with zero land consumption. And last but not least, in 2019, along with our partners CDP, Terna and Fincantieri, we launched a project to build systems to produce energy from wave power on an industrial scale. This all stems from the research we carry out in our laboratories and from partnerships we have with Italy’s leading universities and research centres – and it underlines Italy’s strategic importance in our development plans.
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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.
Digital transformation plan
Digital transformation is a process that affects our company across the board. It improves safety, ensures asset integrity, promotes the generation of skills, increases energy and operational efficiency and drives business opportunities.
Italy is at the heart of this journey, from project conception to building the first digital lighthouse. We are committed to developing technologies in many areas, from artificial intelligence to blockchain, virtual reality, augmented reality, advanced robotics, the Internet of Things and sensors.
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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