GELA. Eni met today at the biorefinery with national and regional representatives of consumer associations and local institutions as part of the workshop "Gela, a model for sustainable development." The day focused on the role of business in the service of the citizen that can become an agent of change for the energy transition, particularly on the role of prosumers who, together with companies, can make choices for the production and use of goods and services in a more sustainable and equitable world. The choice to hold this meeting in the city is not accidental: at the industrial site all the plants at the former petrochemical plant were stopped in 2014; since 2019 the biorefinery has been running, which in its three plants treats exclusively biomass, which from 2023 will be exclusively waste feedstocks or from crops in marginal lands to produce high-quality biofuels; since December 2018 the Waste to Fuel pilot plant, which treats the organic fraction of municipal solid waste and transforms it into bio-oil and water, has been running; and the plan to implement renewable energy projects within the industrial site continues.
During the meeting today, several aspects related to Eni's commitment to the transition to decarbonized and increasingly sustainable energy were analyzed. Lapo Pistelli, Director of Public Affairs at Eni, opened the proceedings, explaining the strategic role of Gela, through the innovative and circular economy projects already operational that Eni has implemented thanks to the contribution of different actors in the area. During a round table discussion attended by Michele Viglianisi, head of Eni's Circular Economy and Biorefineries, Francesco Misuraca, head of Environmental Activities at Eni Rewind, and Francesco Franchi, president of the Gela biorefinery, the themes of the role of the company in the service of the citizen and Eni's commitment to the energy transition were explored, from asset transformation to sustainable mobility and smart city models, from environmental redevelopment projects to waste management, from supporting professional and academic development in the area to Eni's commitment as an accelerator of social and cultural change. At the end of the meeting, representatives of Consumer Associations and institutions present visited the biorefinery facilities and the Waste to Fuel pilot plant.