Snam and biomethane: Snam4Environment
Snam4Environment is specialized in the development of infrastructures for biomethane and in the promotion of green businesses aimed at achieving decarbonisation targets, in particular in transport.
As part of the 2020-2024 strategic plan, Snam will invest 720 milion euros in energy transition business es. Of these, 220 million will go to biomethane infrustructure, with the construction of new plants with a total capacity of 64 megawatts.
Biomethane is a totally renewable energy source that is chemically indistinguishable from natural gas, obtained from urban organic waste and agricultural and agro-industrial by-products. It can be introduced into existing infrastructures with significant economic and environmental benefits and its development will also be able to relaunch the Italian agro-food sector through an innovative circular economy model.
Snam builds biomethane infrastructures through the subsidiary IES Biogas, one of the main Italian companies in the design, construction and management of plants for the production of biogas and biomethane, also active internationally.
In 2019 Snam also completed the acquisition from Ladurner Ambiente and AB Invest of approximately 83% of Renerwaste, one of the largest companies operating in Italy in the biogas infrastructure and biomethane.
In parallel, a memorandum of understanding was signed with Infore Environmental Group, an environmental services company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange and controlling shareholder of Ladurner Ambiente, for possible joint initiatives for the development of biogas and biomethane infrastructures in China.
In December 2018 Snam completed the acquisition of Enersi Sicilia for the development of an infrastructure for the production of biomethane from the Organic Fraction of Municipal Solid Waste (FORSU), currently being completed in the province of Caltanissetta.
In September 2020 Snam completed the acquisition from Femogas S.p.A. of a 50% stake in the share capital with joint control rights of Iniziative Biometano S.p.A., a company that operates in the management of biogas and biomethane plants fuelled with biomass of agricultural origin in Italy.
Biomethane has great potential in the transport and sustainable mobility sector, especially following the issuance of the incentives decree in 2018. A car powered by renewable gas has even lower emissions than those, already low, of a CNG vehicle (compressed natural gas).
In February 2019, in the province of Siena, Snam inaugurated the first supplies of cars and trucks in Italy with only biomethane from FORSU, at a new service station built in collaboration with IP.
27 April 2021 - 18:09 CEST