Italian oil giant Eni signed an agreement with Utilitalia (the federation of public owned energy, water and environmental companies) and CONOE (the Italian consortium for the collection and treatment of oil and used vegetable and animal and fat) to boost the collection of used vegetable oil produced in the homes of Eni’s employees. The collection will be made from Eni sites across the country, including operational headquarters and production plants.
The agreement will enable Eni to sign, with the different waste management companies in the places where Eni has a presence, specific agreements for the installation and management of systems for the collection of vegetable oil. CONOE will be responsible, through its companies, for the treatment of the material so it can processed through Eni’s bio-refinery in Venice for subsequent transformation into HVO, the bio-component of the premium fuel Eni Diesel+.
“This is – the Italian company headquartered in San Donato, Milano, claimed – a further field of activity in Eni’s commitment for a sustainable energy future and the first step to supporting the activities of CONOE and the companies represented by Utilitalia, to be followed by specific systematic recovery projects for used cooking oil, especially from domestic use, in many Italian towns and cities”.
The agreement will also make it possible to establish a virtuous cycle, a “circular economy”, that will lead to the transformation, in the context of national industrial plant, of the used oil into high-quality biofuel, and thereby fully enhancing a national energy resource.
The recovery of used cooking oil will make it possible to effect a marked reduction in the impact on water purification systems with significant environmental and economic benefits for the municipalities that support the programme. In addition, the recovered used oil will be transformed by Eni into diesel at the company’s Venice biorefinery, the world’s first example of the conversion of a conventional refinery into a biorefinery, able to transform biological raw material into high-quality biofuel.