Italian energy firm Eni and compatriot class society Rina have joined forces to accelerate the implementation of green fuels as part of the energy transition and decarbonisation of maritime transport.
The deal will focus on the use of hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) biofuel produced by Eni as well as low-carbon energy carriers such as blue or green hydrogen and ammonia.
The cooperation will also look into developing initiatives for the logistics and value chain of new energy carriers, as well as the adoption of verified methodologies for the taxonometric calculation of the positive environmental impacts they would generate.
Eni and Rina said they will also consider carrying out trials and pilot projects on onboard CO2 capture.
Ugo Salerno, chairman and CEO of Rina, said: “Cooperation 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.”
“We are exploring multiple solutions,” said Giuseppe Ricci, chief operating officer for Energy Evolution at Eni, adding: “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.”