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Vatican City State transport to use Eni Diesel+ renewable diesel blend; used cooking oil (UCO) from Vatican restaurants

Eni and the Governorate of the Vatican City State have signed an agreement for the use of a renewable diesel blend produced and marketed by Eni, for Vatican City State transport.

Eni’s Venice and Gela biorefineries will soon recycle used cooking oil from restaurants in Vatican City. The cooking oil will be used to produce Eni Diesel+—a blend of 15% renewable diesel with conventional diesel—to power the Vatican’s vehicles.

The waste will be re-used to produce biofuels in the Eni biorefinery in Porto Marghera, Venice, the world’s first conventional refinery to be converted into a biorefinery using a proprietary Eni technology which enables the production of cleaner, higher-quality fuels. (Earlier post.)

Since May 2014, the Venice biorefinery has been producing biofuels using ever increasing quantities of used cooking oils, animal fats and other waste raw materials to replace vegetable oils certified for sustainability; the Gela biorefinery will be launched within the first quarter of 2019, after undergoing the same conversion.

Lab tests have shown that the use of Eni Diesel+ reduces polluting emissions by up to 40%, in particular NOx and primary and secondary particulates, especially ultrafine particles. In addition, the high calorific value and the presence of a detergent additive keeps the engine clean and reduces the need for maintenance interventions. Combustion efficiency is improved and lower fuel consumption of up to 4% can be achieved.

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