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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 of the 2022-23 work cycle are:

  • Gas and Sustainable Development Goals

  • Gas and post-COVID-19 recovery

  • Methane management in the gas sector

  • Carbon neutrality through synergies between gas(es) and renewable electricity

  • Sustainable hydrogen: An innovative solution for carbon neutrality

  • Improving urban air quality

  • Use of gas in transportation – challenges and opportunities

  • Carbon capture, utilisation, and storage: The role of gas infrastructure

  • Promoting sustainable and clean production, distribution, and consumption of gas and LNG in the ECE region

In focus

Natural gas prices and the UN development agenda

UNECE Webinar, 13 December 2021, 14:30-16:30 CET.

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Defining sustainable hydrogen: beyond colours

At its 8th Session held on 25- 26 March 2021, the Group of Experts on Gas stressed the need to develop a scientifically based terminology for renewable, decarbonized, and low-carbon hydrogen. A clear taxonomy would provide legal certainty, foster collaboration, and investment flows. Member States are invited to adapt national legal definitions to reflect the definitions established by this new standard. 

Hydrogen gains momentum in the UNECE region (UNECE NEWS, 29 September 2020)

7th session Group of Experts on Gas (22 to 25 September 2020, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland) was held as a hybrid in-person/virtual event in three segments:
22 September 10:30 – opening (adoption of the agenda, election of officers)
23 September 14:00-16:00 – workshop: Decarbonization through harnessing synergies between renewable electricity and gas (organized together with the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy)
25 September 10:25 – administrative matters and closing

The 7th session is part of the UNECE Energy Week held from 22–25 September 2020. It comprises meetings of the Groups of Experts on Renewable EnergyEnergy Efficiency, and Coal Mine Methane and on Resource Management.


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Defining sustainable hydrogen: beyond colours

Hydrogen in Europe: Russia’s friend or foe? Водород в Европе: друг или враг России?
29 October 2020 – Hydrogen is a bridge to achieving carbon neutrality. It is not zero-carbon today, but should be in the future. To achieve that, good planning is key. Some member States have already developed a hydrogen strategy, some are working on it. Who does what on hydrogen and how UNECE could help the member States coordinate their efforts is in the presentation that was given on 29 October 2020 at the online conference: “Development of renewable energy sources in the European Union and the assessment of their effectiveness”, organized by the Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University R.E. Alekseeva.

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

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