Eni and Rome airport have signed a strategic agreement to promote decarbonisation initiatives in the aviation sector and accelerate the ecological transition of airports.
Eni has been producing hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) biofuel in its Venice and Gela biorefineries since 2014 via its proprietary Ecofoning™ technology.
It can also produce sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) from waste and plant-based raw materials using the same technology.
Eni's new “net zero carbon by 2050” strategy will enable it to provide a range of fully decarbonized products, combining environmental and financial sustainability.
Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), the leading Italian airport hub, has committed to eliminating all its emissions by 2030.
The agreement includes the development of decarbonisation and digitalisation projects to boost the transition of ADR-managed airports to smart hubs.
A notable feature of the agreement will see the introduction of SAF and for ground handling HVO over the coming months.
“Eni began its business transformation in 2014, taking an active and leading role in promoting the circular economy, the development of innovative technologies and sustainable mobility, all based on a synergistic blend of solutions that minimise environmental impact and boost efficiencies,” said Giuseppe Ricci, Eni Energy evolution chief operating officer.
“We are ready to make our technology and low-carbon products available to the sector to help it make a recovery based on sustainability and innovation.”
Marco Troncone, CEO of Aeroporti di Roma, added: “When leading Italian companies work together they can create and implement ambitious projects of the scale needed to ensure a genuine environmental transition and secure the revival of a strategically important sector for Italy such as aviation.”
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