Eni signs biomethane agreement with Italian biogas association

Oil and gas firm Eni announced that it has signed an agreement with the Italian Biogas Consortium (CIB) to promote the production of advanced biomethane from animal waste, agro-industrial by-products and dedicated winter crops for use in the transport sector.

The agreement also involves new opportunities for Consortium member companies by launching business initiatives.

“The biogas and biomethane sector is a fundamental reality in Italian agriculture, which requires investment focusing on technology and research,” said Gian Marco Centinaio, Italian minister of Agricultural, Food, Forestry and Tourism Policies.

“The agreement between the Italian Biogas Consortium and Eni can be seen as a tangible effort towards innovation and to protect the environment. A major challenge heading towards the future and cleaner, greener energy can start from agriculture, a primary sector of our economy.”

According to the release, Eni will be targeting an estimated 200 million cubic metres of biomethane, which can be produced by CIB members.

“Through this agreement, Eni is taking another important step in applying the principles of the circular economy to energy production, a strategic element in the transition towards decarbonized and increasingly sustainable energy,” said Giuseppe Ricci, chief refining and marketing officer at Eni.

“This path has seen the company implement major projects  like the world’s first conversion of a traditional refinery into a bio-refinery and the implementation of waste-to-fuel technology, using organic municipal waste to create an oil to be used in the production of biofuel for maritime transport.”

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