Environmental Safeguards

Adriatic LNG operates with full environmental protections. The terminal has passed four different Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and, in January 2009, the Integrated Environmental Authorisation (IEA), renewed in October 2016 and February 2022.

Overall, the outcomes of the monitoring campaigns have revealed no significant impacts traceable to the terminal’s structures and operation.

The AIA (Autorizzazione Integrata Ambientale) Decree sets rigid environmental parameters for the emission into the atmosphere of exhaust gases generated by the turbines activated to produce electricity.

Adriatic LNG performs consistently rigorous emissions controls, both on the atmosphere in the regasification plant and onboard the LNG terminal through a special measurement unit located in Porto Viro, in the province of Rovigo.

An extensive plan for monitoring the coastal marine environment has been drawn up by the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA, a public body under the supervision of the Ministry for the Environment and Energy Security), agreed with the Veneto Regional Agency for Environmental Prevention and Protection (ARPAV).

In compliance with the provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment Decrees, in 2010 artificial reefs to promote fish repopulation were installed near the terminal, at a depth of about 30 metres. The monitoring results have confirmed the importance of the artificial reefs in providing an environment where fish species can shelter, congregate and breed.

The construction of a natural gas pipeline hat connects the ALNG terminal to the mainland took place in full compliance with the safeguards of lakeland areas and of the habits of migratory birds flying over the Po.
Moreover, to protect the most sensitive areas:

  • Innovative techniques have been introduced, such as controlled horizontal drilling;
  • Temporary barriers have been installed to reduce noise pollution and water turbidity;
  • Remedial measures were put in place for the revegetation of the most impacted areas, which have already yielded positive results with the revival of previously disappeared local tree species.