For Eni, the protection and preservation of the territory is a priority in its environmental policy and the company takes full responsibility for the remediation of the sites where it operates.
Thanks to the partnership between Eni Syndial and the National Trust for Italy (Fondo Ambientale Italiano - FAI), the salt pans of the Santa Gilla pond have been redeveloped and are now accessible to the public. The area is populated by over 40,000 specimens of aquatic birds of 50 different species. The saltworks and the industrial plant are harmoniously integrated: for the FAI it is the first experience of managing and enhancing an entrepreneurial project in a still productive mining site.
A presentation was given of the 26 MWp photovoltaic plant being built at the industrial hub in Saline Conti Vecchi in the province of Cagliari. This is a prime example of a circular economy based on reducing emissions and reusing existing assets.
Total expenditure on remediations in 2018 amounted to approximately €375.53 million, an increase of 44% compared to last year. In particular, the increase is linked to soil and groundwater remediation activities of the E&P sector at the Centro Oli Val D’Agri (over €100 million). Also the expenditure incurred by Syndial, a company specialized in the remediation of contaminated disused sites, increased in 2018 to over €173 million (€140 million in 2017). Waste from remediation activities (approximately 4.3 million tonnes) consists mainly of groundwater (approximately 64% of the total), more than 92% of which was generated by Syndial. Compared to 2017, there was a 10.4% reduction in the quantities produced. The volume of activity testifies to the complexity and variability of Eni’s business, which ranges from 17 Sites of National Interest (refineries, petrochemical plants and disused sites), to points of sale in the R&M sector or well fields in the E&P sector. The reclamation activities are substantially in line with previous years and the implementation of the approved reclamation projects and the technical/administrative follow-up of the numerous procedures in place continued.