As part of the events organized by Italy’s Japan Foundation for ‘Japan Week’, the Municipality and the Metropolitan City of Venice, Eni and Toyota signed an agreement to evaluate the construction of a hydrogen refueling station in the Municipality of Venice. If the feasibility study, which will begin immediately, is successful, Eni will set up a the facility at one of its service stations in the Venetian municipal area, which will be identified by 31 December 2019, while Toyota will provide a fleet of 10 Mirai which will refuel at Eni’s site.
This agreement is part of an existing collaboration between Toyota, Eni, the Municipality and Metropolitan City of Venice, to implement an experimental project aimed at promoting sustainable and low-emission mobility in the Venetian region. It marks a concrete step towards creating a distribution network that enables the circulation of hydrogen powered vehicles.
“In Venice, one of the most resilient cities in the world, we started from the assumption that environmental sustainability is always coupled with the theme of economic resources. We want to show that caring for the environment should not be perceived as a cost for the community, but as a driving force behind the circular economy. This is an example for Italy and Europe. With Eni and Toyota, we will implement a public-private partnership to further research and innovation, which will have a tangible impact,” said Luigi Brugnaro, mayor of Venice.
“The agreement signed today is an important milestone for a low carbon future. Hydrogen is an important part of Eni’s decarbonization process to reduce climate-changing gas emissions. These hydrogen stations will allow Eni to strengthen its ability to offer low environmental impact fuels: including 200 plants that supply methane (2 of which are LNG) and will soon supply biomethane,” commented Giuseppe Ricci, Eni’s Chief Refining & Marketing Officer
“Today is a very important day for the development of hydrogen refueling infrastructure in Italy, and we are proud to play our part, together with Venice and with Eni, two excellent partners, who share our sustainability goals and ideals. We are convinced of hydrogen’s potential to advance decarbonisation processes in society today. It will play a leading role in the path to zero-emission mobility,” added Toyota Motor Italia’s CEO, Mauro Caruccio.