What is the Gas Centre
Natural gas is a vital component of a sustainable energy future. The role of natural gas in the global energy mix is growing not only in its own rights as a cost competitive primary fuel and as the least carbon intensive fossil fuel, but also as a catalyst and an enabler in the transition to a smart energy system. The Committee on Sustainable Energy, its Group of Experts on Gas, and UNECE’s Gas Centre are all conceived as elements of a transparent dialogue among major players of industry, governments and the intergovernmental bodies to ensure the development of economically rational standards, best practices, and policies with respect to natural gas.
In 1994 the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the UNECE, which comprises 56 member countries in North America, Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, launched a technical cooperation programme – the Gas Centre – to assist governments and gas companies in their efforts to create more decentralized and market-based gas industries. Today the Gas Centre is a platform for engagement between governments and gas industry across the world. The programme is extra-budgetary and is financed by gas companies, state-owned and private, from Europe, the CIS countries and the Mediterranean Basin. Its membership is open to gas companies from of all regions and other stakeholders in the gas industry, representing all segments of the natural gas chain from source to use.
Areas of Work
1. Gas Centre Executive Board (EB)
2. Task Force on Supply, Infrastructure and Markets
3. Task Force on Gas Markets and Regulation
4. Gas Centre Industry Forum
As of January 2015 the following companies are members of the Gas Centre: