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CNR for sustainable development and research in Southern Italy

Water, agriculture, the Arctic, fusion: we are working with CNR's centres in Metaponto, Portici, Lecce and Gela on research projects into decarbonization.

Reducing emissions in the laboratories of Southern italy

Our first agreement with Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), in 2009, was renewed in 2014. In 2018 we signed a memorandum of understanding and in 2019 a joint research agreement to for research into sustainable economic and environmental development in Italy and the wider world, by collaborating at four research centres in Campania, Sicily, Basilicata and Apulia. For five years our researches will work together to reduce the energy sector's carbon footprint, promote the circular economy and the bio-economy, develop water systems and test innovative, sustainable farming techniques. The joint research at the Eni-CNR laboratory in Lecce, at CNR's Nanotec institute, analyses climate processes caused by the destabilisation of the Arctic cryosphere and especially permafrost, assessing the effects of melting on the Arctic Ocean. The centre in Lecce will be the first multidisciplinary one in Italy for integrated research into this topic. It will rely on laboratories and specialist skills in the fields of nanotechnology and materials. At Ettore Maiorana, the Eni-CNR centre in Gela, we are focusing our research on fusion. We will carry out complex theoretical simulations on computers, of the features of plasma and super-conducting magnets, to see how power stations could exploit the properties of materials and what the advantages of such a process might be. At the facility we will also study transport and storage of electricity, working with other CNR centres in Sicily. In Basilicata, at Ipazia D’Alessandria, the Eni-CNR centre in Metaponto, we search for solutions and innovative technology to make water use in agriculture more efficient and productive, especially in areas affected by drought. Finally, at Giampiero Maracchi, CNR's agricultural research centre in Portici, we are dedicated to studying technologies for reducing ecological impact in farming and producing biofuel from waste biomass. Thanks to these studies we will be able to foster multifunctional use of local areas, diversifying crops in the name of the bio-economy, in line with the SDGs and EU research programmes into agri-food and the bio-economy.

Safety first

For us, workplace safety is a fundamental principle that we share with employees, contract workers and local communities. That is why we implement all the necessary measures to avoid accidents, including organisational models to assess and manage risks, training programmes, skills development and the promotion of a culture of safety.

CNR and Eni researchers will work in line with the main sustainable development goals in the UN's 2030 Agenda, to find solutions and reduce the growing impact of drought in the Mediterranean and strategic geographic areas like the Horn of Africa, Sahel and Middle East.

by Massimo Inguscio, President of CNR
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