Global challenges, CNR and ENI signed an agreement for research and innovation
The National Research Council and Eni get together to promote research and innovation in the field of energy, environment, water, agri-food.
This is provided for in the five-year agreement worth over 20 million euro signed by the Eni CEO, Claudio Descalzi, and CNR President, Massimo Inguscio.
In particular, Eni and CNR will bring together their skills and technological capabilities in view of two big global challenges. On the one hand, to promote energy transition towards more sustainable scenarios, with the purpose of mitigating the effects of climate change; on the other, to support access to resources by the growing global population.
“The National Research Council together with Eni aims at accelerating the development of new technologies that can address global challenges such as the relationship between energy-water-food-environment with an increasingly efficient, clean and low-water footprint solution”, said Massimo Inguscio.
The agreement includes the setting up, for each strategic area, of 4 joint research centres, all located in Southern Italy which currently host existing operational or research centres:
- in Gela, Sicily, a centre for nuclear fusion, a technology that is potentially capable of ensuring unlimited production of clean energy;
- in Lecce, Puglia, a research centre on the Arctic ecosystem, a precious “natural lab” to study the global heating;
- in Metaponto, Basilicata, a research centre on water, a vital resource that is essential for the balance of our ecosystem;
- in Pozzuoli, Campania, a research centre on agriculture, a fundamental sector for the economic and social development.
The Memorandum of Understanding provides for the setting up of a mixed team that will define operational procedures, resources allocation, themes and projects to be implemented over the 5-year period.