Air Liquide and Eni Announce Association for the Decarbonisation of Hard-to-Abate Industries in Europe

Published on: 22 March 2022 04:47 PM
by KnowESG

Air Liquide and Eni have recently announced their collaboration for decarbonisation solutions in the Mediterranean region of Europe, focusing on hard-to-abate industrial sectors. The two companies leverage their expertise and know-how to enable CO2 capture, aggregation, transport and permanent storage.

Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) is one of the fundamental tools in the decarbonisation process. It is used for the most carbon-intensive industrial sectors and plays a key role in achieving the emission reduction targets set at the European level as part of the Green Deal.

The partnership will help identify clusters of hard-to-abate industries and find the best possible configuration to develop a large-scale CCS program.

Air Liquide, in particular, will innovate competitive CO2 abatement solutions, use to its maximum advantage on CCS initiatives in Northern Europe and on its innovative proprietary technology Cryocap to capture more than 90 per cent of CO2 emissions from industrial facilities. Meanwhile, Eni using its experience in gas field exploitation and management will identify the most suitable permanent carbon storage locations in the mediterranean sea.

Pascal Vinet, Senior Vice President, a member of Air Liquide Executive Committee, supervising Europe Industries, said: “We are pleased to cooperate with Eni in this important decarbonization initiative and leverage our expertise in CO2 management to concretely contribute to the reduction of industrial carbon emissions in Europe. Supporting the decarbonization of the Industry is one of the strategic pillars of Air Liquide, which is committed to addressing the urgency of climate change and reach carbon neutrality by 2050.”

Luigi Ciarrocchi, Eni’s Director, CCUS, Forestry and Agro-Feedstock, said: "The goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 is a pillar of Eni’s strategy. CCS is pivotal in the decarbonisation process, in particular for the most energy and carbon-intensive industrial sectors. By contributing to reducing 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”.