Eni and the University of Strathclyde ink MoU for workforce transition

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The University of Strathclyde, Eni and Eni Corporate University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop and deliver a programme to help professionals and workforces in the oil and gas sector in Scotland to transfer their skills to the renewable energy technologies.

The initial two-year Memorandum of Understanding aims to support the Scottish government’s plans for energy transition by developing an innovative programme that builds on Eni’s experience in offshore operations and industrial know-how and on the University of Strathclyde’s world-leading expertise in the field of renewable energy. The two partners also intend to expand the collaboration to research projects in offshore wind, in particular to support new technologies development such as floating wind.

In the context of energy transition, Eni with Eni Corporate University and the University of Strathclyde will work together to promote a new approach on the strategic delivery of future energy supply in Scotland by championing the creation of local employment and opportunities for local enterprises.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde and co-chair of the Scottish Government Energy Advisory Board, said: “Innovative Companies like Eni are central to a successful transition to renewable energy and the achievement of net zero emissions. They can utilise their extensive energy sector expertise and financial resources to accelerate the transition from carbon-based fuels to renewables and make the latter more economically-viable. At Strathclyde we have a vast array of industry knowledge, cutting-edge research and development and world-leading expertise in renewable energy, helping to create the technologies of the future that will power our planet without damaging the ecosystem”.

Alessandro Della Zoppa, Director of Eni Energy Solutions, said: “We are delighted to partner with the prestigious University of Strathclyde to develop a ground-breaking programme that intends to inspire the industry and create a model to replicate in the UK and internationally. Ensuring a successful transition of workforces from fossil fuels activities to renewables and green technologies is key to our decarbonisation strategy and consistent with our DNA as a socially responsible company in the countries where we operate”.

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