- Energy will remain a critical and necessary driving force for human development.
- The strategic planning of access to and supply of energy must focus on long term economic and environmental sustainability, while at the same time be practical and balance the needs of affordability, security and environment.
- The challenges of industrial development cannot be ignored and there is need to balance public health constraints with sustainable economic growth.
- Many regions of the world continue to suffer from energy shortages or energy access challenges.
- Greater adoption and deployment of renewable energies are critical in the transition to a sustainable energy future, but hydrocarbonswill play a critical role in providing energy across the globe for years to come.
- Natural gas will play an unprecedented role in the global energy transformation as a vital source on its own and in its unique ability to enable and support the greater deployment of renewable energies.
- The pivotal role of natural gas in the world energy transformation will go far beyond its position as a bridge fuel – it will be a critical element of the world’s energy future.
- Efforts to reduce methane emissions through better measurements, documentation and similar are necessary. Best practices should continue to be shared within the industry and with external stakeholders in support of these efforts.
- With its economic advantages, natural gas has become a source of “world energy” that is available, affordable, economical, clean and sustainable.
- It is more urgent than ever for governments to differentiate natural gas from other fossil fuels with effective and favorable policies. There is a critical need for industry participants and policy makers to collaborate to correct any misunderstanding and improve public perception to allow for a greater promotion and development of natural gas.
Panel 1 - Natural Gas: An Economic, Secure and Flexible Energy SourceNatural gas offers solutions to the world's economic and environmental challenges in a secure, flexible and sustainable way. Enhanced usage of natural gas is the single most effective way for the world to responsibly reduce emissions. Through its flexibility natural gas can complement other energy sources. Natural gas provides a proven solution that works in almost any application for all energy uses, is affordable and plentiful around the world.
Natural Gas: Realistic Choice to Green & Low Carbon Future - Mr Xu Wenrong, Vice President of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC)
Meeting global energy demand while reducing emissions requires urgent, pragmatic action - Mr Maarten Wetselaar, Integrated Gas & New Energies Director, Royal Dutch Shell
The Role of Natural Gas in China's Energy Transition - Mr Alfred W K Chan, Managing Director, The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited
China and The Age of Gas - Mr Dev Sanyal, Chief Executive, Alternative Energy Executive Vice President, Regions, BP
Comment - Mr Rob Heferen, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Australian Government
Natural gas is a clean fuel from an environmental perspective. It is also highly efficient in its production, transportation and use. This combination of relatively low pollutants and emissions and high efficiency levels results in less environmental impact with respect to climate change, acid rain, urban smog, solid waste, water quality and visibility. The challenge for environmental and energy policy makers is to create a framework within which natural gas can play its full and important part of the energy mix.
To Increase International Cooperation and Realize the Promising Future of Natural Gas - Dr Sun Xiansheng, Former President and Chief Expert of Economics & Technology Research Institute, CNPC
Comment - Ms Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, Canada
Comment - Mr David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow Center on Global Energy Policy Columbia University, Former Under Secretary of Energy (Acting) and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs, US Department of Energy