Italian energy group Eni and French industrial gas and service provider Air Liquide will collaborate in the decarbonization of energy-intensive industries in Europe, Eni said on Monday.
Under the agreement, Eni and Air Liquide will collaborate to identify clusters of hard-to-abate industries in the Mediterranean region of Europe and will define the best possible configuration to develop a large-scale carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) program.
The CCS plan includes capture, aggregation, transport and permanent storage of carbon emissions.
Air Liquide will develop competitive carbon abatement solutions while Eni will identify the most suitable permanent carbon storage locations in the Mediterranean Sea.
The cooperation will 'play a key role in achieving the important emission reduction targets set at European level as part of the Green Deal,' Eni said.
'By contributing to reduce emissions from hard to abate sectors, we aim to promote a process of environmental and at the same time economic and social sustainability, supporting the continuity of industrial activities, such as, but not limited to, cement and steel, that are central to Italy's economy,' Luigi Ciarrocchi, Eni's director of carbon capture, utilization and storage, forestry and agro-feedstock, said.
By Zeynep Beyza Kilic