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Eni prepares for energy transition

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Eni’s Board of Directors, chaired by Lucia Calvosa, has approved a new business structure for the company.

The new organisation, presented by Eni’s Chief Executive Officer, Claudio Descalzi, to the Board of Directors, is a milestone in the implementation of the company’s strategy unveiled in February, which sets the evolution of the business for the next 30 years. The key element of this strategy is the combination of growth objectives with financial value creation as well as environmental sustainability, which will lead to a significant reduction in full life-cycle carbon emissions.

The new Eni will have two business groups – Natural Resources and Energy Evolution. Alessandro Puliti will lead Natural Resources and Massimo Mondazzi will lead Energy Evolution. Both were proposed to the Board by the Chief Executive Officer, in agreement with the Chairwoman.

Natural Resources will continue to build up the value of Eni’s oil & gas upstream portfolio, with the objective of reducing its carbon footprint by scaling up energy efficiency and expanding production in the natural gas business, and its position in the wholesale market. Furthermore, it will focus its actions on the development of carbon capture and compensation projects. Continuous technological development and increased efficiency will allow the maximisation of cash generation, even in challenging scenarios.

The business group will incorporate the company’s oil & gas exploration, development and production activities, natural gas wholesale via pipeline and LNG. In addition, it will include forestry conservation (REDD+), carbon storage projects, and sustainability, which will continue to be integrated across all of Eni’s activities. The company Eni Rewind (environmental activities), will also be consolidated into this business group.

Energy Evolution will focus on the evolution of the businesses of power generation, transformation and marketing of products from fossil to bio, blue and green. In particular, it will focus on growing power generation from renewable energy and biomethane, it will coordinate the bio and circular evolution of the company’s refining system and chemical business, and it will further develop Eni’s retail portfolio, providing increasingly more decarbonised products for mobility, household consumption and small enterprises. Thanks to the business group’s coordination, the company will be able to develop these activities in an integrated way, both geographically and in terms of business line, maximising results in terms of product development, customer service and profitability.

The business group will incorporate the activities of power generation from natural gas and renewables, the refining and chemicals businesses, retail gas & power, and mobility marketing. The companies Versalis (chemical products) and Eni gas e luce will also be consolidated into this business group.

The two new business groups will maintain a strong link in the management of the hydrocarbons value chain, with the objectives of running the phases of the energy transition in the best possible way, and jointly developing decarbonisation processes to supply green, blue and bio products. Decarbonisation through carbon capture, gas to power and gas to hydrogen projects are some examples, adding value to gas resources and providing customers with entirely sustainable energy.

Furthermore, in terms of central structures, a new function – Technology, R&D, and Digital – will be created. This underlines the strategic relevance that R&D and technological innovation represent for Eni as a key driver to create value and growth, through the development of new technologies and their fast implementation on an industrial scale. By leveraging its know-how and technologies, Eni has traced the evolution of its businesses for the next 30 years. Research projects cover the whole value chain, with the objective of reducing risks, increasing efficiency, reinforcing technological leadership and promoting better quality, products, plants and processes.

The new group will incorporate the current ICT and Digital activities, which are a key support to the transformation of the company’s business model, as well as the management of the technical and scientific knowledge which the new business groups will implement.

All other central functions will soon be further streamlined and reorganised to offer the best support, in terms of structures and competences, in delivering on Eni’s new mission and on the objectives of the two new business groups.

The new organisational structure will be implemented over the coming weeks. Massimo Mondazzi will keep his role as Eni’s Chief Financial Officer until 1st August 2020.

The Board of Directors has also appointed a number of people to the company’s Watch Structure, as per the Italian law D.lgs. n. 231 of 2001. After consulting the Nomination Committee and with the approval of the Board of Statutory Auditors, the following appointments have been made: Attilio Befera, external member as Chairman; Antonella Alfonsi and Ugo Lecis, external members; Rosalba Casiraghi, Chairman of the Board of Statutory Auditors, and Marco Petracchini, Senior Executive Vice President Internal Audit, an internal member.

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