GECF Participates in the International Business Congress Working Committee «Modern Technologies and Perspective Oil and Gas industry»
Gas Exporting Countries Forum participated in the International Business Congress (IBC) Working Committee «Modern Technologies and Perspective Oil and Gas industry», held on December 17 in Vienna.
International Business Congress is a non-profit international organisation, that gathers business champions and policymakers to discuss topics of current economic relevance. The list of IBC member companies embraces the oil and gas industry leaders - Gazprom, OMV, Shell Russia, Siemens, Uniper, Equinor, Wintershall, Total E&P Russia, Gazprom Export, and others. The Congress provides a platform for building up an inclusive dialogue on the most up-to-date topics within the 8 working groups and through conducting It’s annual general meetings and the Presiding Committee meetings.
The current meeting of the Working Committee "Modern Technologies and Perspective Oil and Gas industry" was chaired by Mr. Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Management committee of Gazprom, and devoted to the topic of "Hydrogen Energy - the Beginning of a Great Path".
The event continued with presentations by experts of Linde Engineering, OMW, Rosatom, Gazprom, Uniper Global Commodities, KOGAS, CNPC, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany, and others, who elaborated on hydrogen as a "green path' for natural gas, potential of hydrogen usage in transportation sector, heating and power generation.
Addressing to the audience, HE Dr. Yury Sentyurin, Secretary General of the GECF shared the Forum's expertise upon the score, highlighting that hydrogen has occupied a pivotal position in the organisation's scientifically-based researches. He stressed, that GECF landmark publication - Global Gas Outlook 2050, to be released in early 2020, for the first time ever features two alternative scenarios. The Carbon Mitigation Scenario, which is focused on implementation of strengthened carbon mitigation policies and more aggressive development of electric vehicles and natural gas vehicles. Alongside the Technology Advancement Scenario, which examines the effect of technology-related efficiency improvements, larger development of batteries and carbon capture and storage, and has a special focus on the hydrogen-related technologies.
The presentations were followed by lively discussions, views exchange, and concluding remarks by the meeting chairman Mr. Markelov.
Prior to the Working Committee «Modern Technologies and Perspective Oil and Gas industry» Dr. Yury Sentyurin attended the Presiding Committee Meeting on December 6th in Saint-Petersburg. During the meeting, management and administrative questions were reviewed by the IBC Board of Directors.