Environmental protection and biodiversity for Eni

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Our commitment to the planet

We have based our actions on the principles of sustainability and circularity, with an increasing focus on investing in renewable and low-impact sources to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Combating climate change, producing and guaranteeing energy availability for all, and supporting sustainable consumption models are just some of the goals that 150 world leaders set themselves in New York, at the United Nations headquarters, by signing the 2030 Agenda containing the Sustainable Development Goals

These are the same goals which, as a global energy tech company, we embrace as guidelines for our company’s actions, thinking and investments. Environmental protection is an essential component of our working practices. We constantly invest in activities to enhance environmental culture, including by carrying out various activities dedicated to Eni people and suppliers.  

 

A cultural renewal programme

In an external context that presents us with ambitious challenges, we are conscious of the need for cultural renewal, which is why we have developed an internal process to improve our people’s environmental culture and awareness with respect to these issues.

Strengthened our commitment: with Environmental Surveys we assess the internal level of environmental culture with Environmental Culture Engagement
The Environment Campaign was launched on internal communication channels accessible worldwide with video testimonials from working environments
We have supported our suppliers’ commitment with the Environment and Safety Pact
We have launched a campaign to promote the application of our Environmental Golden Rules in every work context
A series of Environmental Talks was launched on topical issues
E-learning modules were provided on the topics of Together for the Environment and Recognising Weak Environmental Signs to raise awareness

Biodiversity for Eni

We assess the biodiversity risk exposure of our operating sites on an annual basis, mapping their geographical proximity to protected areas and other important areas for the conservation of species and ecosystems. This mapping allows us to identify priority sites where we need to carry out higher resolution surveys to understand the operational and environmental context, assessing dependencies and potential impacts on nature. If necessary, we draw up Action Plans to mitigate impacts or improve biodiversity in the area where we operate. We prioritise preventive measures over corrective ones by systematically applying the Mitigation Hierarchy in our projects, with the primary goal of avoiding net loss (no net loss) of biodiversity and, where possible, improving its condition (net gain).

The Together with Nature pact 

We adhere to the principles of the Together with Nature pact through which we pledge to recognise the close link between climate change and biodiversity loss. We work to minimise risks and maximise efforts to protect and conserve existing ecosystems through the application of nature-based solutions based on strict ecological principles. Moreover, in 2022 we signed a two-year partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to establish criteria and tools that select the most environmentally suitable areas to develop renewable energy plants in order to minimise their impact on biodiversity.

Protecting UNESCO sites

Eni does not explore for or develop hydrocarbons within the boundaries of natural sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List (as specified at 31 May 2019). When we carry out exploration, development or production work in key areas for biodiversity, we are committed to preserving biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES), which is why we adopted a management model in line with our BES policy. In joint ventures where we are not operators, we are committed to developing and adopting good management practices in line with our BES policy, alongside our partners.

A special report on biodiversity for Eni

Our policy, impact management model, field projects and partnerships for biodiversity conservation.

All data on our sustainability performance

The results we obtain in the areas of sustainability available in the form of graphs and tables.

From the sky to the subsoil, our actions to protect the environment

Our strategy to safeguard water resources is aimed at efficient and locally integrated management of the water needed for operating activities. Our goal is to reduce high-quality freshwater withdrawals (from surface sources, aquifers or aqueducts) making processes more efficient or using lower-quality water (rainwater, treated wastewater or desalinated water). 
Priority for these measures has been given to sites located in water-stressed areas. We also support water access projects for people living in the areas where Eni operates. 

We use the Best Available Techniques (BATs) and the highest procedural standards to reduce emissions and assess the main pollutants in the atmosphere. We are historically committed to reducing our direct GHG emissions, and were among the first in the industry to set a series of targets that improve our performance across various assets with specific indicators that signal progress. 

We conduct activities on every front to counter the risks associated with oil spills: prevention and preparation, followed by mitigation, response and recovery. As regards preventive measures, among the main activities that were carried out in Italy in 2022 there was the completion of maintenance works on the production network in Val D’Agri and on the crude oil line from the Genoa Pegli pumping station to the Sannazzaro Refinery. In recent years, our facilities in Nigeria1, especially wells, flow lines and pipelines, have been targeted by illegal activities, resulting in significant losses. Eni has nevertheless developed a strategy to prevent and contain these events and their potential impacts, based on early identification of leakage, damage, or effractive activity near or on pipelines so as to take prompt action to reduce or resolve them. 2022 saw the completion of the e-vpms® system technology upgrade program on some trunklines, while new system sensors were installed on others. An operational plan was also defined for new e-vpms® installations on the crude oil production and transportation network. We promote activities to raise awareness of risks of potential pollution resulting from these phenomena with the local community.

 

[1] Eni recently signed an agreement to sell its subsidiary NAOC to OANDO PLC (for further details

The transition path towards a circular economy represents one of the main answers to the current environmental challenges by promoting a regenerative model. Business and production processes are being overhauled, minimising the withdrawal of natural resources in favour of sustainable inputs, reducing and enhancing waste through recycling or recovery, and extending the service life of products and assets through reuse or reconversion. Regarding CO2, we implement actions to remove and balance the residual part found in the atmosphere. Finally, we are focused on the growth of sustainable enterprises and support the search for new business ideas. One of the initiatives through which we pursue this goal is the Eni Circular Bootcamp, an event in collaboration with Confindustria dedicated to the winning companies of the “Best Performer of the Circular Economy 2022” competition, now in its second edition. 

 

We pay particular attention to the traceability of the entire waste management process and the audit of those involved in the disposal and recovery chain. Almost all waste in Italy is managed by our environmental company Eni Rewind, which continued to pursue the digitalisation project it launched in 2020 to streamline and monitor its waste management process. 

Protecting the regions where we operate is an absolute priority for Eni, in line with our corporate mission’s objective to preserve our planet. This is why over the years we have put in place increasingly effective environmental remediation techniques and practices in order to valorise land, water and waste resulting from industrial or remediation processes through Eni Rewind, Eni's company specialising in environmental reclamation.

From the sky to the subsoil, our actions to protect the environment

Our strategy to safeguard water resources is aimed at efficient and locally integrated management of the water needed for operating activities. Our goal is to reduce high-quality freshwater withdrawals (from surface sources, aquifers or aqueducts) making processes more efficient or using lower-quality water (rainwater, treated wastewater or desalinated water). 
Priority for these measures has been given to sites located in water-stressed areas. We also support water access projects for people living in the areas where Eni operates. 

We use the Best Available Techniques (BATs) and the highest procedural standards to reduce emissions and assess the main pollutants in the atmosphere. We are historically committed to reducing our direct GHG emissions, and were among the first in the industry to set a series of targets that improve our performance across various assets with specific indicators that signal progress. 

We conduct activities on every front to counter the risks associated with oil spills: prevention and preparation, followed by mitigation, response and recovery. As regards preventive measures, among the main activities that were carried out in Italy in 2022 there was the completion of maintenance works on the production network in Val D’Agri and on the crude oil line from the Genoa Pegli pumping station to the Sannazzaro Refinery. In recent years, our facilities in Nigeria1, especially wells, flow lines and pipelines, have been targeted by illegal activities, resulting in significant losses. Eni has nevertheless developed a strategy to prevent and contain these events and their potential impacts, based on early identification of leakage, damage, or effractive activity near or on pipelines so as to take prompt action to reduce or resolve them. 2022 saw the completion of the e-vpms® system technology upgrade program on some trunklines, while new system sensors were installed on others. An operational plan was also defined for new e-vpms® installations on the crude oil production and transportation network. We promote activities to raise awareness of risks of potential pollution resulting from these phenomena with the local community.

 

[1] Eni recently signed an agreement to sell its subsidiary NAOC to OANDO PLC (for further details

The transition path towards a circular economy represents one of the main answers to the current environmental challenges by promoting a regenerative model. Business and production processes are being overhauled, minimising the withdrawal of natural resources in favour of sustainable inputs, reducing and enhancing waste through recycling or recovery, and extending the service life of products and assets through reuse or reconversion. Regarding CO2, we implement actions to remove and balance the residual part found in the atmosphere. Finally, we are focused on the growth of sustainable enterprises and support the search for new business ideas. One of the initiatives through which we pursue this goal is the Eni Circular Bootcamp, an event in collaboration with Confindustria dedicated to the winning companies of the “Best Performer of the Circular Economy 2022” competition, now in its second edition. 

 

We pay particular attention to the traceability of the entire waste management process and the audit of those involved in the disposal and recovery chain. Almost all waste in Italy is managed by our environmental company Eni Rewind, which continued to pursue the digitalisation project it launched in 2020 to streamline and monitor its waste management process. 

Protecting the regions where we operate is an absolute priority for Eni, in line with our corporate mission’s objective to preserve our planet. This is why over the years we have put in place increasingly effective environmental remediation techniques and practices in order to valorise land, water and waste resulting from industrial or remediation processes through Eni Rewind, Eni's company specialising in environmental reclamation.

An integrated strategy along the entire value chain

Our strategy of caring for the environment, community health and basic life resources is implemented through numerous initiatives.

We use the most advanced technologies and technical standards for health, safety and the environment (HSE) in all of our work. HSE management is governed by an integrated model that clearly defines roles and responsibilities at the various organisational levels, governs specific activities and how they interact with company processes and provides common methods and criteria. The coordination of HSE topics is carried out by the HSE Coordination Committee, overseen by Eni’s Head of HSE and made up of Heads of HSE functions in different units. 

With reference to the environmental management systems certified according to ISO 14001, about 100 certifications, third-party audits are carried out at the certified company sites on an annual basis (annual surveillance audit), and every three years, for the renewal of the certificate, in accordance with the provisions of the standard.

We have developed an integrated strategy that can reconcile financial strength with a focus on sustainability through an operating model capable of preventing the risks associated with the business. The Green Sourcing policy, central to our approach, is designed to encourage conscious environmental choices throughout the supply chain in order to reduce the impact of our activities. Our goal is to concretely contribute to local and global development by adopting and optimising energy used, natural resources, land management, emissions into the atmosphere, water resource consumption and management, waste reduction, reuse and recycling (circular economy).  

An integrated strategy along the entire value chain

Our strategy of caring for the environment, community health and basic life resources is implemented through numerous initiatives.

We use the most advanced technologies and technical standards for health, safety and the environment (HSE) in all of our work. HSE management is governed by an integrated model that clearly defines roles and responsibilities at the various organisational levels, governs specific activities and how they interact with company processes and provides common methods and criteria. The coordination of HSE topics is carried out by the HSE Coordination Committee, overseen by Eni’s Head of HSE and made up of Heads of HSE functions in different units. 

With reference to the environmental management systems certified according to ISO 14001, about 100 certifications, third-party audits are carried out at the certified company sites on an annual basis (annual surveillance audit), and every three years, for the renewal of the certificate, in accordance with the provisions of the standard.

We have developed an integrated strategy that can reconcile financial strength with a focus on sustainability through an operating model capable of preventing the risks associated with the business. The Green Sourcing policy, central to our approach, is designed to encourage conscious environmental choices throughout the supply chain in order to reduce the impact of our activities. Our goal is to concretely contribute to local and global development by adopting and optimising energy used, natural resources, land management, emissions into the atmosphere, water resource consumption and management, waste reduction, reuse and recycling (circular economy).  

A comprehensive look at the environment

A focus on people, safety at every level, health as a mainstay, and transparency as a constant endeavour. These are the four sides of a domain within which we act every day, wherever we operate.

People and communities at the centre

We promote a positive culture based on dialogue, respect, protection, development and equal opportunities. We combine strengths and expertise to create new opportunities for those who work with us.

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We protect health and safety

We consider health and safety as fundamental principles and essential human rights.

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Eni for 2022. The report recounting our commitment

In the sustainability report, goals, strategies, projects, results for a fair and inclusive energy transition.

Our commitment to the transition

We concretely support a socially just energy transition, aiming to preserve the environment and biodiversity and promote access to energy resources in an efficient and sustainable manner for everyone.  



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