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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 liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the ECE region

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Defining sustainable hydrogen: beyond colours

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. 

The 8th session of the Group of Experts, 25-26 March 2021, held in Salle Tempus 2, Palais des Nations, Geneva and online will discuss gas-driven post-COVID recovery and the efforts to achieve carbon-neutrality.

Workshop on Decarbonizing Transport with Natural Gas
9 December 2020, 10:00 – 13:30 CET, ONLINE

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.


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.

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