Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), an Italian fixed-base operator of Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) and Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA), has signed a strategic agreement with oil and gas firm Eni to develop biofuels for the aviation sector.

The agreement will see decarbonisation and digitalisation projects for transforming ADR-managed airports to smart hubs, in an effort to fast-track the ecological transition of airports.

Additionally, it will enable the introduction of sustainable fuels for aviation (SAF) and for ground handling (HVO) in the coming months that would result in lower carbon emissions, when compared to fossil fuels.

A joint programme will be established for the development of sustainable mobility and distribution services to end customers.

The partnership will also focus on energy integration projects in line with advanced transition and digitalisation models.

ADR CEO Marco Troncone said: “We are deeply committed to ensuring carriers have access to biofuels in the coming months, ahead of expectations.

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“This is further confirmation of our desire to make Fiumicino and Ciampino two of the most sustainable airports in the world.

“Our strong focus on sustainability, which has been recognised at a global level, has always been a driver of our development and is now very firmly integrated into our business.”

Since 2014, Eni has been producing hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) biofuel at its Venice and Gela bio-refineries using its proprietary Ecofoning technology.

The company can also produce SAF from waste and plant-based raw materials utilising the same technology.

Eni Energy Evolution chief operating officer Giuseppe Ricci said: “Eni began its business transformation in 2014, taking an active and leading role in promoting the circular economy, the development of innovative technologies and sustainable mobility, all based on a synergistic blend of solutions that minimise environmental impact and boost efficiencies.

“We are ready to make our technology and low-carbon products available to the sector to help it make a recovery based on sustainability and innovation.