Marco Barlettani

Managing Director



Marco joined Anthesis in 2018 as Director in the newly established Italian business (Anthesis Srl), with an office based in Rome. Marco has more than 20 years of experience in environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA), integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC), project monitoring on behalf of Lenders in IF projects and permitting procedures. While continuing to provide clients with his expertise, Marco’s services are enriched by the unique Anthesis know how in the development of sustainable solutions.

Marco has worked for the permitting and ESIA of infrastructures (motorways, power transmission lines and pipelines) and a variety of industrial sectors including the oil and gas industry, power generation from fossil fuels and renewables, petrochemical, chemical and metallurgic sectors, and waste landfills.

Whilst being based in Italy, Marco has worked in more than 20 countries in different continents. Within the framework of IPPC related projects, Marco has developed the capability to prepare design alternative analyses comprehensive of the assessment of external (social) costs. Technically, Marco is an expert in air emission control and abatement and air pollutant dispersion.

Marco holds an MSc in Nuclear Engineering and a post-graduation specialization in Industrial Safety and Protection, both from the University of Pisa. He collaborated with the Universities of Pisa (Italy) and Wales in developing tools for the modelling of air pollutant dispersion. Marco has been a Registered Engineer in Italy since 1996.

Marco has over 25 years’ experience in environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA), integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) and preparation of BAT (Best Available Techniques) gap analyses, project monitoring on behalf of lenders, and permitting procedures. He has worked in a variety of industry sectors, including oil and gas, power generation, petrochemicals and chemicals, iron and steel, and waste management. Marco applies his industry knowledge as an expert witness in international arbitrations, civil and criminal cases concerning environmental contamination.

Marco was the nominated expert for environmental matters in two international arbitrations for two chemical facilities constructed in Egypt by Canadian companies (value of each investment c. $1bn). After construction, the environmental permit issued by government was challenged and the operations put at risk. Marco prepared technical documentation requested by the legal representatives, showing that the design and operation of the facilities complied with the national regulations.

In a criminal matter, Marco was appointed expert for the bankruptcy trustee of a company accused of contaminating soil with mercury and improper hazardous waste management in the industrial site of Brescia (Italy). He sought to determine the responsibilities of plant managers over 25 years and define the causes of contamination. In a related civil matter, he was instructed to define the monetary value of environmental damage caused by operations at three different industrial sites, including the largest PCB-polluted site in Europe. The damage was initially estimated by the authorities at over €2bn. The case is pending, with current expectations of the damage below €400m. Marco ensured consistency in the assumptions and approach adopted by experts nominated by the Court to assess damage related to different sites and financial aspects.

Marco is expert in air emission control and abatement, with specific focus on the power sector and combustion sources, addressing both macro (e.g., NOx, SOx, PM) and micro-pollutants (e.g., PCDD/ PCDF, heavy metals, PAH). He is experienced in air quality assessment, including design of air quality monitoring campaigns, often integrated to air dispersion modelling. He has collaborated with Universities (Italy and UK) to assess the performance of different dispersion models when applied to large emission sources.