Our response to emergencies
Eni’s effective and efficient emergency response procedure enables us to protect the “system” in its entirety, safeguarding both the overall value of the company and the fabric within which our operations take place. This conforms with the ‘PEAR philosophy’ we have adopted, based on the protection of people, the environment, assets and reputation. The main factor in emergency management is preparedness, in turn dependent on prevention, which entails the careful identification and analysis of risks. Should an emergency response be required, our complete and robust preparedness enables us to react without delay, immediately implementing our emergency plans. Trial runs are essential for testing our response capacity in terms of planning, resources, equipment and materials. On average, we conduct more than 5,000 such exercises each year on our industrial sites. They include complex simulations (third-tier exercises) – scenarios in which several business lines are involved, for instance. As well as our own people and resources, these exercises may also involve local authorities such as the prefecture, police, the coast guard and the fire brigade.
Emergency planning and management in the event of natural disasters and co-operation with the Civil Protection Department
For many years, Eni has taken part in the activities of the Civil Protection Operations Committee, concerned with the prevention, planning for and management of emergencies arising from natural disasters, having signed up in 2008 to the Operational Guidance for the Management of Emergencies (Directive). Eni is thereby required to:
- provide a full breakdown of any damage to people, the environment and corporate assets
- assess local availability of company technical and technological resources to tackle any ongoing emergency and, if necessary, their capacity to provide further assistance (in particular the emergency resupply of petroleum products).
Eni’s emergency-management procedures have been integrated with national civil protection planning to facilitate a prompt response on the part of the state authorities. At the same time, our work in this area has increased our awareness of the risks to which we are exposed, thereby mitigating the hazards and enhancing our capacity to protect Eni staff and property.