The biannual IEF-IGU Ministerial Gas Forum is an important cooperation between IEF and IGU. It was first held eight years ago, and in December 2016, the 5th IEF-IGU Ministerial Gas Forum took place in New Delhi, India.
This by-invitation-only event brings government officials and the gas industry together to discuss current issues of the gas industry. It is, in other words, one of few events where the gas industry does not only talk to themselves, but on the contrary, invite and go into dialogue with policy makers and regulators, in addition to other international organisations. As the IGU Secretary General, Luis Bertrán, expressed during the event, “it is a great opportunity to promote gas as a source for the sustainable future energy mix”.
This 5th IEF-IGU Ministerial Gas Forum was organised in cooperation with the Government of India with support from GAIL (India) Limited, IGU Charter member, and Natural Gas Society of India, IGU Associate member, on 6 December 2016 in New Delhi, India. It was not by coincidence that New Delhi was chosen as backdrop. The Indian Government is taking several measures that can increase natural gas´s share in the country´s energy mix and move their economy to a gas-based one. Amongst other, the Government is planning to expand the India´s natural gas import infrastructure in the years to come and taking measures also to increase the demand side. As a consequence, gas´s share in the Indian energy mix is expected to increase in the medium and longer term.
The topic of this 5th Ministerial was “Gas for Growth: Improving Economic Prosperity and Living Standards”, aiming to better understand the “current state of play in the gas industry and how the gas industry sector can contribute to a sustainable growth and secure the energy future.”
Please visit the IEF webpage for more information, presentations and video interviews with the delegates.