The Department is organised into six scientific Divisions, four technical-scientific Sections and two Administration Services as follows.
The Division develops and implements technologies, methodologies and tools for enhancement, use and efficient management of resources with a view to enabling circular economy in the value chain of products and materials, in production chains, in urban and industrial areas, and throughout the territory. It deals with technologies, up to pilot project scale, for integrated, sustainable management of waste and water resources in civil and industrial fields, recycling/recovery of raw materials from complex end-of-life products and nutrients, materials and energy from waste.
The Division operates in the sector of innovative materials for applications to the production system, with particular regard to composite, ceramic, nanostructured and polymeric materials. It develops functional and structural materials with low environmental impact, related technologies (including additive technologies) and demonstration components. It fosters replacement of critical raw materials and develops analytic techniques regarding our artistic heritage.
The Division develops numerical models of the atmosphere and climate system to evaluate the impact of air pollution, climate variability and future scenarios on natural resources, human health and materials. It develops and applies innovative anti-seismic technologies to civil and industrial
buildings and monumental heritage. It develops methodologies for the definition of seismic and
geomorphological risks. It proposes strategies for the adaptation and mitigation of risks deriving from natural and anthropic causes.
The Division acquires data and develops methodologies and technologies for the environmental characterization, protection, management and remediation and for understanding the climate system and its variability, collaborating with the corporate sector for the development of prototypes and innovative tools. It designs and manages integrated observatories and carries out studies for the enhancement and protection of ecosystems and natural resources. It develops microbial biotechnologies also applied to the areas of bioremediation and the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage.
The Division carries out research and innovation activities for the agricultural and food system,fostering the system’s competitiveness and sustainability of production from a circular bioeconomy viewpoint, to boost performance in terms of quality, quantity, safety and traceability of products, thereby contributing to public health and wellbeing.
The Division carries out research and innovation activities within the industrial biotechnologies and biomedical sector. It develops innovative solutions for health; identifies new molecular targets of therapeutic interest; devises new delivery strategies, new diagnostic, prognostic and radio-exposure bio-markers. Through the development of innovative experimental approaches and through risk assessment, it characterizes the impact of environmental changes on human health in terms of predisposition to chronic degenerative diseases and aging processes.
The Section coordinates support and technology transfer activities targeting developing countries in order to foster actions to combat the impacts of climate change, within the framework of the national commitments envisaged by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and of collaboration with State administrative bodies.
The Section provides support to the Department in coordinating and fostering circular economy activities aimed at the efficient use of resources and eco-innovation of products, processes and systems. To this end, it provides an integrated and systemic vision in order to enhance planning and dissemination of knowledge and good practices regarding circular economy and foster dialogue with the main players (local, national and international).
The Section supports the Director of the Department in carrying out its functions, in particular, in relations with the Divisions of the Department, with the other Departments, with the Executive Bodies and with the outside of the Agency, ensuring the supervision of activities in order to achieve the policy objectives of the Department.
The Section supports the Department Director in the management of the workplace with reference both to the logistical and safety aspects of the experimental systems, technological halls and laboratories in all Centers where the Department's activities take place.
The Service deals with the definition and finalization of active contractual relationships in collaboration with the Department Director and the Heads of the departmental Units and of the other Agency Units.
The Service manages all the processes established between ENEA and suppliers for the acquisition of goods and services in collaboration with the Department Director and the Heads of the departmental Units and of the other Agency Units.