The US, through the American Gas Association (AGA), accepted the Presidency of the International Gas Union (IGU) at the World Gas Conference in Paris, France.
The US will now lead the organisation, which is comprised of the gas industries from 91 nations, for a three-year term. The mission of the IGU is to advocate gas as an important part of a sustainable global energy system, and to promote the political, technical and economic progress of the industry.
‘Voice of gas’
David Carroll, President of the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), who will serves as President of the IGU, commented: “IGU plays an important role, bringing together industry executives, operators and technologists in a variety of knowledge-sharing venues.
“We learn from each other, identify areas of common need and work together to educate the public about the benefits of natural gas, promote its use and advance the strategic interests of the industry. A major focus of our leadership term will be to raise the visibility of IGU and to raise the voice of gas across the globe.”
US to lead the way
AGA President and CEO, Dave McCurdy, added: “This is a critical opportunity to capitalise on the United States’ role as a global energy leader. Our technological advancements, abundant supply of clean natural gas and vast delivery network can not only benefit our nation, but can change the way we use energy throughout the globe.
“Over the next three years, the US will lead a global conversation about the best way to deliver essential energy while boosting our global economy and improving our environment through smart policies and best practices that encourage the strategic use of natural gas.”
Under the theme ‘Fuelling the Future’, the US has ascribed three strategic objectives that will guide their work: access, markets and social license.
Programmes to aid the industry’s ability to access energy resources and promote timely build-out of the infrastructure required to produce, transport and deliver gas to existing and new markets.
Expanding global markets for natural gas is good for the industry and good for consumers. Working to create new areas of demand for gas and to reduce barriers to commercial trade.
The industry has a long history of safe and responsible gas production, transport and delivery. Leveraging on the collective efforts of the IGU membership will provide the opportunity to build on this history.
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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