Natural gas, the cleanest of hydrocarbons, currently fulfills 23% of the worldâ€™s primary energy needs. It plays a crucial role in driving the economy, enhancing living standards, reducing household pollution, improving air quality in megacities, and addressing climate change.
Eng. Mohamed Hamel
Secretary General, GECF
Energy powers our lives and is crucial for sustainable development, encompassing its three intertwined and mutually supportive pillars: economic development, social progress, and environmental protection. Over the last four years, the crucial importance of energy, along with the diversity of national circumstances and priorities, has been further emphasised. This period has starkly highlighted the energy trilemma, a multi-faceted challenge involving the simultaneous pursuit of energy security, equity, and sustainability.
2023 is a critical year. It marks the midpoint in the UN 2030 Development Agenda and the first-ever Global Stocktake under the Paris Agreement. A recent UN assessment report indicates that the majority of the 140 targets associated with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in 2015, are off track. Alarmingly, many are even falling below the benchmarks set in 2015. With regard the Paris Agreement, despite some progress, substantial implementation gaps exist, particularly in mitigation, adaptation, and the provision of financial resources and technology transfer to developing countries. Unfortunately, pledges have not been fulfilled.
Now is the time to transform pledges into actions and prioritise realistic approaches over dogmatic ones. There is no silver bullet. Pathways to sustainable development and climate change must be nationally determined, while adhering to the principles of equity, and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.
Natural gas is an important part of the solutions to lift people out of poverty, create decent jobs, eliminate hunger, expand prosperity, reduce household air pollution, improve air quality in cities, mitigate deforestation, and combat climate change. Available, affordable, reliable, flexible, and versatile, it is a sustainable energy source as well as a key feedstock for petrochemicals and fertilisers. It offers unwavering support for the substitution of carbon-intensive fuels. It assumes paramount significance as a cornerstone of future low-carbon energy systems, seamlessly enabling the integration of intermittent renewable sources, switching from coal to gas in the power sector, and transitioning from traditional biomass to LPG for clean cooking. It also serves as a fundamental source of affordable blue hydrogen, and a raw material for the production of e-kerosene and low-carbon ammonia. These attributes collectively position natural gas as a lynchpin in steering a just, inclusive, and pragmatic transition toward a low-emissions economy.
As the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, our objective is to leverage our presence at COP28 as a catalyst for fostering dialogue, facilitating knowledge exchange, and showcasing an array of cutting-edge technological advancements in lower-emissions pathways.
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The GECF Member Countries are investing in natural gas to support Sustainable Development Goals, and energy security, as well as a fair and equitable energy transition; a transition that is smooth, cost-effective, and leaves no one behind.
The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) held a meeting on the important subject of climate change before the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP 27), featuring a line-up of accomplished speakers from around the world.
The inherent eco-friendly credentials of the cleanest available fossil fuel, natural gas, were highlighted at the 4th edition of the GECF Annual Workshop on Environmental Advantages of Natural Gas on the sidelines of UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) on 10 November 2021 in Glasgow, the United Kingdom.