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Eni begins SAF production at Taranto site

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Eni has launched the production of alternative sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) that will significantly contribute to the decarbonisation of aviation in the short to medium term.
Eni SAF is produced exclusively from waste and residues, in line with the company’s strategic decision not to use palm oil from 2023.
Eni plans to double its current bio-refining capacity of 1.1 million tonnes/year within the four-year period and increase it to five or six million tonnes/year by 2050.
Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Eni, said: “This is a very important milestone in our journey to decarbonise and fully reflects our pragmatic approach to the energy transition.
“This approach involves using technology to cut emissions in sectors such as aviation, which are high emitters, but at the same time need to be nurtured because they are crucial to growth and development.
“We are committed to being a technological leader in the energy transition, leveraging existing skills and assets, and this is a further step in that direction, as well as an important contribution at system level.
The SAF will be produced at the Eni refinery in Taranto, with a 0.5% share of UCO (used cooking oils), contributing to the 2% share of bio component proposed as part of the EU “Fit For 55” package.
SAF from the Taranto refinery is currently produced through a 0.5% UCO co-feeding process for conventional plants.
Eni's SAF production will continue to grow with the start of production of over 10,000 tonnes/year of SAF at Eni's Livorno refinery in early 2022, through the distillation of bio-components produced in Eni's bio-refineries in Gela and Porto Marghera (Venice) using Eni's proprietary Ecofining™ technology. The raw materials used will be exclusively waste products such as UCO or fats.
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