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Eni abandons palm oil for biorefinery in Venice

It will be replaced by biomass from waste vegetable edible oils and waste animal fats

"The Venice biorefinery is preparing to stop using palm oil for the production of biofuels". This was announced by Eni, explaining that in recent days it presented "the documentation for the verification of the EIA of the construction of new units that will enhance the pre-treatment plant of biological fillers started in June 2018, and which allowed to treat oils raw vegetables, used vegetable edible oils and waste animal fats". Currently the plants in Porto Marghera are able to process about 7.5 tons / hour of used cooking oils and animal fats. With the construction of the new biomass treatment lines, the entire production capacity of the Ecofining plant will be satisfied with biological materials from the waste and residual supply chains, expanding the basket of biological fillers to those encouraged by European and national standards and eliminating so definitely palm oil from biofuel production.

Since 2014, the Eni biorefinery in Venice has been producing HVO, hydrogenated vegetable oil, which is added to diesel to meet the European and national regulatory requirements which require that a growing share of fuels consist of raw materials from renewable sources. From 2023 Eni will no longer use palm oil in its production processes.

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