Eni and RINA join forces to accelerate energy transition and decarbonization of maritime transport.

Eni and RINA will also carry out pilot projects for onboard capture of CO2 emissions for naval sector’s sustainability goals.

An international consultancy specializing in inspection, certification and engineering, RINA, and Italy´s energy firm Eni signed an agreement to jointly develop initiatives to contribute to the energy transition and decarbonization of their respective operations, particularly in maritime transport, Rina announced on Monday.

The deal is focused on using the hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) biofuel made by Eni in its biorefineries in Venice and Gela, 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.

Commenting on the latest cooperation, 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”.

Giuseppe Ricci, Chief Operating Officer for Energy Evolution at Eni, said: “Eni and RINA can make a significant contribution to the decarbonisation of maritime transport with their wealth of expertise and technological capabilities. 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”.