Eni, RINA to boost energy transition and decarbonisation of maritime transport

Eni, RINA to boost energy transition and decarbonisation of maritime transport

Offshore Energy — 2023-05-29

Maritime and Ports

Energy major Eni and classification society RINA have signed an agreement to jointly develop initiatives that can contribute to the energy transition and decarbonisation of their respective operations and particularly maritime transport.

According to Eni, the agreement focuses on the use of HVO (hydrogenated vegetable oil) biofuel produced by Eni in its Venice and Gela bio-refineries, as well as of other energy carriers such as blue or green hydrogen and ammonia from biogenic, renewable or waste raw materials not competing with the food chain, in the naval sector.

Moreover, the partnership encompasses the development of initiatives for the logistics and value chain of new energy carriers, as well as the adoption of certified methods for the taxonometric calculation of the emissions benefits they will generate.

Eni said the two parties will also consider carrying out experiments and pilot projects related to the on-board capture of CO2 emissions in order to further contribute to pursuing the naval sector’s sustainability goals.

Giuseppe Ricci, Chief Operating Officer for Energy Evolution at Eni, stated: “Eni and RINA can make a significant contribution to the decarbonisation of maritime transport with their wealth of expertise and technological capabilities. Following a technology-agnostic approach, we are exploring multiple solutions. Thanks to this agreement, we will have the opportunity to study and develop them in the short, medium and long term, with the objective of making maritime transport more sustainable and meeting the needs of shipowners and logistics operators.”

Ugo Salerno, Chairman and CEO of RINA, commented: “Co-operation between companies is the way forward towards the common goal of decarbonising industry and transport. By sharing know-how and experience with Eni, we will contribute to developing innovative energy supply models. Our collaboration will begin by focusing on the maritime sector, a diversified and hard-to-abate industry that can draw on initiatives already adopted by other industrial segments to decarbonise operations.”

To remind, in 2023 May, Eni entered another partnership in regard to the energy transition. It joined forces with Angola’s state-controlled oil and gas company Sonangol to identify and assess opportunities in the areas of the energy transition, including agro-industrial supply chains for the production of low-carbon fuels, valorisation of residual biomass and green ammonia for agro-industrial applications.