Eni and the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy, and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) have signed a partnership to start research in strategic scientific and technological areas that have considerable potential impact for Italy, including the circular economy, alternative energy, and environmental protection. The memorandum of understanding was signed by Federico Testa, chairman of ENEA, and Claudio Descalzi, chief executive officer of Eni, at ENEA’s headquarters in Rome.
Based on this agreement, Eni and ENEA will combine their experience and competences to develop a joint action program to promote innovative technological solutions. More specifically, the parties will assess topics linked to the circular economy and new sustainable economic models; the production of low- and no-greenhouse-gas-emission energy (including solar concentration, photovoltaic, and biomass); energy storage technologies; energy efficiency; digitalization; and environmental monitoring and protection, with a specific focus on climate change.
“I am delighted to announce the launch of this partnership with ENEA”, Descalzi said. “Eni and ENEA have several goals in common when it comes to research and innovation. This collaboration will enable us place a greater emphasis on environmental and digital technologies, with a potentially significant impact for the country. This agreement is evidence of our strategic commitment to decarbonization, reducing emissions, and developing renewable energies. We are dedicating more internal resources and collaborating with the best national and international research and innovation centers. We remain focused on developing technological solutions for the circular economy applied to business—widening the concept of efficiency, reducing waste, and extracting value from waste materials.”
“On signing this understanding, we aim to increase our collaboration with Eni, already considerable in other important joint national projects and, in particular, in the National Technological Energy Cluster coordinated by ENEA and set up last year,” Testa said. “Today’s agreement will enable us to develop strong synergy between the specific areas of ENEA, like our technical scientific competences and the technological transfer to companies’ role, and the commitment Eni has towards energy and the environment, strategic subjects for us. I am convinced that formalizing this collaboration will have positive effects for the country in terms of decarbonizing the economy, environmental sustainability, and new employment.”
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