They met to examine the role of gas for attaining the sustainable development goals established by the UN; Brazilians participate for the first time.

The director of the Research Centre for Gas Innovation (RCGI), Professor Júlio Meneghini, was a guest speaker on the 3rd Session Group of Experts on Gas, along with Professor Edmilson Moutinho Santos, of the IEE (Institute of Energy and the Environment). The sessions took place on the 21st and 22nd of April, at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters, in Geneva, within the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Meneghini gave a presentation about the RCGI to several guests present.

“It was the third meeting on the subject held by UNECE, but it was the first with the participation of a Brazilian delegation. There were representatives of different companies in the gas field, and delegations from various countries, such as the United States, Russia, Ukraine, and European Union countries, both producers and consumers of gas. We represented not only Brazil but the entire Brazilian academic community”, Meneghini summarizes.

The group of experts on gas met to examine the role of gas in achieving the sustainable development goals established by the U.N. and in meeting the emission reduction commitments assumed at the Conference of the Parties – COP 21 (Paris, 2015), as natural gas has played an increasingly important part in the primary global energy mix, with a much smaller emission impact than other fossil fuels.

Among other subjects, best practices to reduce gas leakage along the value chain were discussed, besides the need of more practical guidance on the role of natural gas in increasing the adherence to arguments for the use of renewable energy, instructions on the best practices concerning liquefied natural gas, and guidelines for overcoming barriers to the use of natural gas as a transport fuel.

“Participating in the event was of great importance, not only for networking, but because of the increasing relevance gas has acquired, including emission reduction. Also, the response to the RCGI was very positive”, Meneghini says.

The presentations of the speakers in the event are available at the UNECE website: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=41122