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The Group of Experts on Gas helps UNECE member States deliver on key political commitments, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The priorities for 2020-21 cycle are:

  • Role of gas in attaining Sustainable Development Goals
  • Dissemination of Best Practice Guidance for Methane Management in the Oil and Gas Sector
  • Renewable energy and gas: synergies and low-carbon gases (biogas, biomethane and hydrogen)
  • Gas and gas infrastructure as the backbone of a low-carbon electricity and energy system
  • Impact of gas on improving urban air quality
  • Use of gas in transportation – challenges and opportunities
  • Promoting sustainable and clean production, distribution, and consumption of gas and LNG in the ECE region 

In focus

Regretfully, the 7th session of the Group of Experts on Gas will not take place on 26-27 March, due to coronavirus health concerns. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The session might take place later this year; we will keep you updated.

7th session Group of Experts on Gas  

26-27 March 2020, 10.00 AM, Palais des Nations, Geneva 

The 7th session will explore how the Group has delivered on its core mandate: the enabling role of gas in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, the session will: 

  • Present best practices in measuring and reducing methane emissions from the gas sector
  • Explore synergies between gas and renewable energy and the role of decarbonized gases in it
  • Propose how the gas infrastructure could enable the transition to a low-emission economy
  • Discuss several case studies on the impact of gas on improving urban air quality
  • Analyze opportunities for the use of compressed and liquefied natural gas in transport

The 7th session is held as a part of Global Methane Forum 2020 that will on 23, 24 and 25 March feature the annual session of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane and meetings of the Steering Committee and sectoral subcommittees of the Global Methane Initiative


European Gas Market Developments:Assessment of Market Trends in Liquefied Natural Gas

Survey on Methane Management  The UNECE Secretariat in consultation with the secretariats of the International Gas Union, the World Coal Association and the World Petroleum Council and other industry experts, has prepared a survey of how methane monitoring is done currently.

Natural gas vehicles can NOx your SOx off


26 to 27 March 2020
Salle XVI, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

27 March 2019
Salle XI, Palais des Nations, Geneva