Research Documents

June 2018
Snam, International Gas Union and The Boston Consulting Group release the 2018 Global Gas Report:  More than 90% of global gas’ consumption growth to 2040 coming from cities. The report highlights the key trends in the global natural gas market and examines how these speak to the sector’s future growth prospects.   In this edition, the report considers how 2017 was an impressive year for gas demand growth, supported by increased LNG market liquidity and the growing role that gas is playing to meet more sustainable energy supply.  To continue this growth trajectory, the report calls on industry and policymakers to cooperate on ensuring the competitiveness, availability and sustainability of gas, and to focus on the special role that gas can play in cities.
Author: 
Marius Popescu
March 2017

International Women´s Day is coming up on the 8th of March. We would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the IGU’s research and activities dedicated to women in the workforce. This theme was central to the IGU task force on Human Resources during the past triennium. The task force has now changed the name (Workforce development) and is currently researching best practices for workforce development, but the findings on women in the gas industry continue to be supported by newer research from other organizations.

Author: 
Shinji Amaha, Kei Ogasawara, Yasuharu Kawabata, and Hisataka Yakabe, Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. Jeongwook Khang, Korea Gas Corporation
February 2017


Focus on reducing CO2 emissions continues to be a high-priority, especially after the landmark framework reached at COP21. Although using renewable energy is the most direct and effective way for this subject, it takes so long time to come to self-sufficient by renewable energy. Thus during the transition period to the low carbon society, we must continue using fossil fuels. Using fossil fuels as effectively as possible is another practical solution to reduce CO2 emission and we must consider how we make efficient use of them.    

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Sergey Vlasov, Alex Demyanov, Samvel Melkumyan, Eugeny Stepanov, Roman Romanenko, Valery Snakin, Inna Vlasova & Irina Chudovskaya
January 2017

Improving the safety and environmental efficiency of natural gas pipeline systems is critical given the current public focus on energy projects and the evolving global dialogue around climate change, says a Moscow-based technical diagnostic firm. Proven cost-effective methods include environmental monitoring during construction and establishing multi-year pipeline damage control and prevention programs, says Energodiagnostika LLC.

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Valeriy Snakin, Inna Vlasova & Irina Chudovskaya, Energodiagnostika
November 2016

A leading technical diagnostic firm has come up with an interesting approach to the challenge of methane leakage: using natural microorganisms that feed on methane to “collar” those leaks. Moscow-based Energodiagnostika LLC recently applied for a patent to build soil collars around critical areas in underground storage facilities. The collars would be filled with methanotrophic bacteria suspended in a saltwater solution.

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IGU Strategy Committee
October 2016

"In December 2015, at the UN climate summit in Paris, representatives from 195 nations agreed to restrict the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C. Although the summit participants didn’t set concrete emission reduction targets, they are resolved to reach..."  Read more....

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IGU Strategy Committee
October 2016

The way forward after COP21: why natural gas is the key to a low-carbon world

"In December 2015, at the UN climate summit in Paris, representatives from 195 nations agreed to restrict the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C.

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RT @GoSmartEnergy: Great turnout at @IGU_News utilization committee meeting. Thank you @Naturgy for hosting! #naturalgas #utilities #energ…

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RT @Shell: Today we announced a target to maintain #methane emissions intensity below 0.2% by 2025. More on @shell_natgas: https://t.co/8oA…

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Why natural gas has been the biggest disruptor in energy markets https://t.co/0mtD9OqvQK via @nationalpost