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Italy’s Oil Giant Taps Mediterranean Diet to Turn Fats Into Fuel

Alternative Energy

Each week, Friggi Oil Service pays a visit to Ai Due Otri, a traditional Sardinian restaurant in central Rome, to pick up what’s left in the frying pan.

Leftover oil from this and other restaurants is trucked to a collection area just outside the capital. It’s then taken to a refinery operated by Eni SpA, Italy’s oil and gas giant, to be turned into fuel.

While biofuels represented little more than 1 percent of the country’s total energy output in 2015, it’s a growing market. The government, driven by European Union renewable-fuel targets and a national diet rich in olive oil, is luring producers with financial incentives. As a result, Ai Due Otri is just one of about 100,000 restaurants nationwide recycling their grease. But Italy must persuade households to do the same if Eni is to process as much as it plans.

“Italy is a country where we make large use of vegetable cooking oils,” said Giuseppe Ricci, chief refining and marketing officer at Eni. Recycling them reduces the quantity of edible crops needed to make biofuels and cuts the volume of waste clogging up drains, he said.

The initiative is given impetus by the EU, which aims to get 10 percent of transport fuel from renewable sources by 2020 and offers payments for biofuel production in a bid to attract investment in the industry.

Eni intends to more than double biofuel production from 2018 to 2019, and it’s not stopping there. While its bio-refinery in Venice can already process 360,000 tons a year of vegetable oil and other fats and feedstocks, a 2020 upgrade will allow it to take 600,000 tons, yielding about 420,000 tons of biodiesel. That’s a significant amount, given Italy’s total biofuel output in 2015 was 575,000 tons. Eni will also invest more than $280 million to build a bio-refinery in Sicily.

The growth in capacity raises the need for feedstock. Conoe, the umbrella body for Italy’s oil-collection and treatment companies, says about 70,000 tons of used oil are gathered every year, yet most of that comes from restaurants. The volume could exceed 200,000 tons if more households were signed up to the program, according to the organization.

“Adding families into the picture would be a real game-changer,” Conoe Chairman Tommaso Campanile said in an interview in Rome.

Italians are renowned for their home-cooking. Among euro-zone nations, the country is second only to Greece in consumption of oils and fats, according to Eurostat. Yet the incentive for families to take leftover oil to a waste station remains limited. While collection points are increasing, they rarely get full and about two-thirds of the oil that could be reprocessed isn’t turned in, according to Campanile.

Conoe will start an awareness-raising campaign next year to encourage households to participate.

“Used oil from a pan, oil in canned food, oil used to preserve in food preparations,” Campanile said. “We are now working to get it.”


16 Comments on "Italy’s Oil Giant Taps Mediterranean Diet to Turn Fats Into Fuel"

  1. Go Speed Racer on Tue, 10th Oct 2017 6:58 pm 

    Plant based oils are not crude oils.
    They should have to work on those
    chemistry differences.
    Sounds like they made it work,
    just curious how that’s done.

    Vegetable Plant oils get rancid, etc.

  2. Sissyfuss on Tue, 10th Oct 2017 7:01 pm 

    Nowhere near the potency of a good couch, eh Gspeed.

  3. Go Speed Racer on Tue, 10th Oct 2017 10:20 pm 

    We could pour some olive oil onto the couch?

  4. Cloggie on Tue, 10th Oct 2017 10:46 pm 

    Perhaps they could add some spices as well to increase the appetite of the good folks in fly-over country, world-wide.

  5. Go Speed Racer on Wed, 11th Oct 2017 12:40 am 

    Did everbudee already see the ultimate
    tire video? It’s the energy source of
    the future:

    And NOW for something completely different
    this guy demonstrating a small business-sized
    boiler system that runs on tires and other

    And we all know that’s possible its the
    ‘secondary combustion’ or oxygen added to
    the right place in the smoke, in controlled
    geometry system.

    typically search on ‘gasification boiler’

    watch this:

    So neener neener neener, tire fire is
    the energy source of the future.
    Me Mick and Sissyfoots are still
    burning couches drinking beer and
    shooting guns, just cause its fun.

  6. Cloggie on Wed, 11th Oct 2017 3:00 am 

    The new Dutch government has very ambitious climate goals:

    They have to, now that they are forced to limit natural gas pumping as the soil in the Groningen province is rapidly sinking, causing major damage to buildings.

    Major item from the energy accord: reducing CO2 emissions with 49% by 2030 as compared to 1990. The EU “merely” ordered 40%. Currently Holland is the bottom of the barrel in EU comparrison. The new government wants to catapult the country towards pole position.

    How to get there?

    – Closure of all remaining coal power stations.
    – All cars must drive emission free.
    – kilometer tax for trucks.
    – Even more wind farms on the North Sea.
    – By 2021 new houses can’t be connected to the national gas grid.

  7. Go Speed Racer on Wed, 11th Oct 2017 1:17 pm 

    I don’t know Clogster, do ya like all those
    regulation? Or dislike?

    All those regulations will destroy your country

    Suggesting U could move to Odessa TX.
    No stinking pile of regulations. Plenty of
    greasy hamburgers. White Cadillacs with
    steer horns.

    And tire fires every Saturday night.

    Come on over to USA I will show ya
    around. Just our girls are fat an ugly
    So be sure to bring along some of yours.

  8. fmr-paultard on Wed, 11th Oct 2017 2:28 pm 

    GSRtard, I love burning industrial waste but they produce pollutants called POP. These things are very stable and bio accumulate. Once released they linger like a point on a long wave line of a standing wave. There’s a lot of vertical motion but not much horizontal.

    We don’t want POP to interfere with SENTP reproductive capability. This is something they’re obsessed about but never bothered to do anything about it. They hate women for one. That kinda put a damper on things.

  9. Anonymouse1 on Wed, 11th Oct 2017 3:15 pm 

    Out of the frying pan, and into the gas tank. Now all that ENI needs to do, is find 35 billion barrels of fry grease a year,(or its BoE equivalent), and we are set.

    Happy motoring, and deep-fried Mcnuggets forever.

  10. sidzepp on Wed, 11th Oct 2017 3:35 pm 

    Great!!! A solution to our energy problems. Promote a deep fry diet (Just go to the state fairs to get recipe ideas). Of course the cardio units in the hospitals will be overwhelmed, but what the hell, we have the affordable care act and everything is sunshine and roses.

  11. Go Speed Racer on Wed, 11th Oct 2017 5:04 pm 

    Hi FMR, how’s it goin, there’s a beer in the fridge
    for ya. but what is an SENTP ?

    Remember the golden rule,
    The Solution to Pollution is Dilution.

    So all that smoke blows away and thins out.
    In the end, the air always stays clean.

    If burning tires and sofa’s and garbage interferes
    with reproduction, we could setup at the Syrian
    border and blow the smoke into there.
    Would stop ISIS from breeding.

  12. Anonymouse1 on Wed, 11th Oct 2017 7:26 pm 

    I get all my black-market fry grease from the Deep Fried State. No questions asked, no receipts. Cash on the grease barrel.

  13. Go Speed Racer on Wed, 11th Oct 2017 8:40 pm 

    In the big road race, Pops setup a keg of
    oil that dumps from a switch on the steering
    wheel. Just when the bad guys are
    gaining on me, the oil makes them spin out
    and crash.

    That way they can’t get along side
    and throw a bee hive at me.

  14. khidr on Thu, 12th Oct 2017 9:35 am 

    italy’s consumption in 2015 70 million tons of oil, biofuels production in the same year 0.575 million tons, less than 1 %

  15. Cloggie on Thu, 12th Oct 2017 3:51 pm 

    Russia joining the renewable energy transition:

  16. Go Speed Racer on Thu, 12th Oct 2017 6:17 pm 

    Greetings Khidr,
    suggestion don’t confuse them with facts.
    Let them think the global oil supply
    can be provided, using nothing but olive oil.

    The resulting collapse will be more extreme,
    when the olive plants don’t deliver after all.

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