For the second year, Eni takes part in the event in Italy on 2 and 3 October
The Singularity University Summit comes to Italy for a second time, a great event on 2 and 3 October, in Milan. The goal of this year’s summit? To help the leaders of each country understand how to apply the unlimited opportunities offered by exponential technologies, to achieve true change and a positive impact on their communities. Eni has always had a calling, an identity, steeped in corporate social responsibility. The biggest challenge we face today is delivering access to energy to all those who lack it today, by working hard and unlocking the potential of exponential technologies. We are on the front line of energy access programmes in Africa.
On 2 October, at 16:00, Eni’s Dario Pagani and Marco Rotondi will take the stage. Two men, two cities: Ferrera Erbognone, in Italy, and Pointe Noire, in Congo. Two men who have seen a lot around the world, yet not the same world. Two cities separated by their geography, one in the north and one in the south of the world, but which risk moving further apart than ever. There is a pressing need to rethink the development models we have adopted to date. Closing the gap between the North and South of the world and guaranteeing real and equal development is an issue we can no longer ignore.
We are presenting a number of projects relating to the circular economy at our 60 sqm stand. Innovative, sustainable solutions for the management and transformation of waste into biofuel, the conversion of refineries into bio-refineries, the rehabilitation of sites, leveraging existing assets, avoiding waste, and putting all available resources back into the cycle. The projects on show include Waste to Fuel, for the production of biofuel from used cooking oils, and the project with Versalis for recycling used polystyrene for insulation panels.
The Ferrera Erbognone photovoltaic system was built on industrial land owned by the group and all of the energy generated is used to power the Green Data Center. This is the first system launched under Project Italy, which aims to generate renewable energy at our industrial sites.
We have developed a pilot system to test Waste-to-Fuel (W2F) technology, which puts waste to good use by turning it into energy and a second-generation biofuel. The waste is transformed into bio-oil, which is then used to produce electricity or as a biofuel component.
The biorefinery at Porto Marghera, Venice, is the first example worldwide of a conventional refinery that has been converted into a biorefinery. Since 2014, the site has been able to process around 360,000 tonnes of vegetable oil per year, of which approximately 15% is used and purified food oil. The remainder is certified sustainable refined vegetable oil.
The aim by 2025 is to reduce upstream emissions intensity by 43 per cent compared to 2014. This will be achieved by eliminating flaring, reducing fugitive methane emissions and carrying out work to improve energy efficiency.
Our entire strategy is underpinned by a profound process of digitalisation, innovation, and sharing, which is bringing continuous improvement. By investing in new solutions, we can maximise the efficiency and sustainability of our operations, while minimising our costs and environmental impact. A real commitment we actively pursue in every area of our business.