Eni And RINA To Use Biofuels, Hydrogen In Maritime Transport

Ugo Salerno, chair and CEO of RINA (left) and Giuseppe Ricci, chief operating officer for Energy Evolution at Eni (right) sign a partnership to accelerate the energy transition and decarbonization of maritime transport. (Image Courtesy Of Eni)

RINA, an international company specializing in inspection, certification, and engineering consultancy, and Eni have signed an agreement to jointly develop initiatives that can contribute to the energy transition and decarbonization of their respective operations and particularly maritime transport, where RINA and Eni can benefit from each other’s expertise.

Cooperation between companies is the way forward toward the common goal of decarbonizing industry and transport,” said Ugo Salerno, chair and CEO of RINA. “By sharing know-how and experience with Eni, we will contribute 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 decarbonize operations.”

Specifically, the agreement focuses on the use of hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO), a 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, and the adoption of certified methods for the “taxonometric” calculation of the emissions benefits they will generate.

Eni and RINA make a significant contribution to the decarbonization of maritime transport with their wealth of expertise and technological capabilities,” said Giuseppe Ricci, chief operating officer for Energy Evolution at Eni. “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.”

Eni and RINA will also consider carrying out experiments and pilot projects related to the onboard capture of carbon dioxide emissions in order to further contribute to pursuing the naval sector’s sustainability goals.