WGC 2021 Topics

Led by the IGU Committee and Task Forces, the below topics have been selected to shape the program of the 28th World Gas Conference.

  • Sustainability, EnvironmentExamines the environmental concerns and innovations for the sustainable future from ESG practices to sustainable transportation.

  • Industry, Value ChainsFocuses on topics from current and emerging tech, E&P opportunities, storage operation & design and new pipeline deployment.

  • Markets, Supply, Demand, Price A look at business models, gas pricing mechanisms & changing markets for natural gas, small-scale, UGS & transport fuels.

  • New Technology, R&D Showcasing ground-breaking technology from AI & blockchain, gas alternatives, decarbonization and smart energy networks.

  • Policy, Strategy, Marketing Accelerating the conversation on energy access, energy policy, green gases, market liberalization and communication.

Each of the below topics is divided into Industry Insights and Technology & Innovation. Please click each topic to view the full list of session topics and each session topic description below.

Submission deadline is 19 October 2020.

Environment, Sustainability
  • Industry Insights: Advances in Gas Distribution System Integrity

    This session will examine the advances in the gas distribution system with the view of system integrity as a platform of Innovation ecosystem for the sustainable future.

  • Industry Insights: Environmental Improvements and Impacts of Underground Storage Operations

    Environmental concerns are affecting all areas of the natural gas value chain including storage. This session will focus on both reducing the environmental impacts of storage and the large role of storage in the in advancing the evolving sustainable energy future.

    1. – Methane Emission and Reductions
    2. – Environmental Assessments of Storage
    3. – Opportunities for Energy Storage in a reduced carbon electric system
    4. – Seasonal Energy Storage
    5. – Storage of unconventional gases
  • Industry Insights: Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Practices and Stakeholders' Engagement in Prompting the Role of Natural Gas

    Good practices of HSSE is gaining public acceptance of gas development and delivery. This session will discuss good practices in HSSE and innovative practices to strengthen public acceptance of gas development and delivery.

  • Industry Insights: Natural Gas the Very Best and Essential Vector Towards Sustainable and Low Carbon World

    The session will focus on how natural and renewable gas plays a fundamental role for decarbonizing industry and tertiary sector, paying attention to:

    1. – Marketing strategies & Energy demand growth
    2. – Power generation
    3. – Very high energy efficiency industrial and commercial applications
    4. – Other uses (as raw material)
    5. – The comparison to other energy solutions
    6. – The role of renewable gases
    7. – Management and impact of gas quality
  • Industry Insights: Sustainable Transportation Powered by Gas

    The session will focus on the contribution of natural and renewable gas on getting a sustainable transport, breakdowning by sectors (light duty vehicles, buses, trucks and ships) and paying attention to:

    1. – Environmental benefits
    2. – Economics
    3. – Technologies
    4. – Availability
    5. – Regulatory framework
    6. – Safety
    7. – Public perception
    8. – Challenges and barriers
  • Industry Insights: The Importance and Role of Circular Economy in Promoting Natural Gas for a Sustainable Future

    Circular economy is an economic model aimed at optimizing consumption of finite sources and minimizing waste, and can be one of the solutions towards a sustainable future. This session will provide insights into the concept, its benefits and its implementation practices in gas business.

  • Industry Insights: The Role of Gas and Renewables in a Decarbonized Energy System

    Gas and renewables have a complementing role towards a low carbon emission future. This session will discuss the role of renewables and gas in a decarbonized energy system.

  • Industry Insights: Update on Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Measurement, and Reporting along LNG chain

    This session will address data and methods for accounting for greenhouse gas emission from LNG value chain elements and innovations in emission measurements as well as reporting requirements as the worldwide LNG industry works toward reducing its contribution to world greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Technology & Innovation: Applying Circular Economy (CE) Concept to Improve Environmental Performance for a Sustainable Future

    This session will discuss about the application of circular economy concept to improve environmental performance. Using this concept, case studies of interest may include, but not limited to:

    1. 1. Water and waste management
    2. 2. Emissions reduction
    3. 3. Soil and groundwater management
    4. 4. Decomissioning – rehabilitation
  • Technology & Innovation: Big Cities, Clean Air

    Gas has contributed as a partner in tackling clean air in big cities. This session will showcase how big cities find solutions for clean air including the following:

    1. – How to tackle communication challenges, including coalition building, winning the argument, engaging stakeholders and talking about innovation
    2. – How is gas playing a role as part of the solution?
  • Technology & Innovation: Gas to Provide an Economically Feasible Way to Speed Up Energy Transitions

    This session provides successful examples where gas is the key success factor in energy transition despite high capital expenditures. It focusses on the pathway from emission intense fuels like coal or oil to natural gas to lower emissions based on efficient solutions and technologies that are already available now. The session will illustrate the role played by natural gas to significantly reduce emissions in the power generation, heating, transport sectors, to improve the air.

  • Technology & Innovation: How Natural Gas Solutions can Help Implementation of Zero Carbon Transition

    The world and energy are changing. The level of demand on companies as a vector of transition towards greener energies and the agendas of the organizations make it necessary to reflect on the non-domestic field. We are looking for examples and case studies of the role of natural gas in the commercial, industrial and power generation, as a solution that can help implementation of zero carbon transition.

  • Technology & Innovation: LNG Liquefaction Technologies and Emissions Performance

    This session will present new and efficient developments, which are reducing emissions e.g. by heat integration, start-up optimization, use of artificial intelligence, smart process control etc.

  • Technology & Innovation: Innovation of Gas and Renewables for a Cleaner Energy System

    Complementary roles of natural gas and renewables can lead towards a low CO2 emission future. This session will discuss about innovation of gas and renewables, transformation of natural gas, and alternative renewable sources such as biogas and hydrogen in existing gas infrastructure.

  • Technology & Innovation: Technological Advances in Gas as a Transportation Fuel

    Mobility in any of its different disciplines will continue to focus the agenda at all levels. People, merchandise, have to keep moving and natural gas will take a leading role as a less polluting alternative.

  • Technology & Innovation: Technologies Development for Minimizing GHG Emission and for Ensuring the Introduction of Renewable Gases

    This session will explore tools and innovations to become greener and greener ensuring at the same time a safe and a reliable introduction of renewable gases and the minimization of emissions.

  • Technology & Innovation: The Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic on Technologies and Innovation of Gas Industry

    In this session, the specific cases of technologies and innovation which have been adopted in the gas industry and shown a potential role overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic will be categorized and discussed in terms of sustainability aspects. This session is also exploring the direction of the development of the technologies and innovation of gas industry for the post COVID-19 era.

Industry, Value Chains
  • Industry Insights: Advantages of Smart Gas Distribution Grids from the Customer Perspective

    This session will explore how gas distribution grids with Information & Communication Technology can be used to better meet the needs of customers and to promote decentralized and integrated local energy markets.

  • Industry Insights: Future Gas Exploration and Development to Satisfy Demand

    Gas will play an essential role in the future energy mix. This session is dedicated to investigate the future requirement for future exploration and development and will cover:

    1. – decline of current world resources coming from brown fields, expected peak gas with and without new development;
    2. – all the types of development including conventional and unconventional resources, extension of mature onshore and offshore fields etc.;
    3. – main limiting development factors : technical, human resources, social, environmental;
    4. – investments required to develop such resources (capital available, private vs public);
    5. – geopolitics: which producing countries will satisfy this supply?
  • Industry Insights: Gas Transmission Networks to Enhance Energy Markets Vitality

    This session will examine how TSOs can increase the flexibility, resilience and affordability of energy systems, through sector coupling and market integrations.

  • Industry Insights: “Megabytes to Molecules“ - Digitalization in the E&P of Natural Gas

    The Covid-19 pandemic has created the urgency to digitize the industry. Digital enablers from process digitization to robotics and automation are essential to sustain remote operations safely, reduce capital expenditure and cut up-stream operating costs.

    1. This session will examine:
    2. · advances in sensors, remote control and operations, automation and virtualization applications;
    3. · Geo spatial analytics for increasing the safety and efficiency of gas operations, logistics, supply-chain and distribution networks;
    4. · advanced analytics to decrease maintenance costs and increase productivity and sustainability of upstream operations;
    5. · 4-D seismic imaging and all applications that measure and predict reservoir fluid characteristics and increase recovery rates.
  • Industry Insights: Reaching Remote Areas with Gas/LNG – Helping Economic Development

    This session will provide an insight on projected or existing projects thought to reach new customers by break bulk and road/rail transport of LNG:

    1. a) Economics justifying the investment
    2. b) Showcase of how they can help the economic development of remote areas
  • Industry Insights: Safety Advances in Underground Gas Storage Design and Operation

    This session will focus on advances in underground gas storage safety. It will explore several aspects of safety including; changes to codes and standards and the drivers of these changes; risk analysis and integrity management programs and techniques, and operational and procedures safety changes. Also explored will be design and construction issues that affect safe storage systems and ongoing operations.

  • Industry Insights: Strategies and Challenges for Enabling Natural Gas Networks to Distribute Hydrogen Gas

    This session will provide best practice and case studies for enabling use of the existing natural gas distribution network to transport hydrogen safely at the lowest cost within the shortest timescales..

  • Technology & Innovation: Enhanced Gas Recovery (EGR)

    The session will examine technologies for the recovery of unconventional, deep, stranded or otherwise difficult-to-recover natural gas reserves and resources such as:

    1. · best practices and improvements in the knowledge base, controlling characteristics as well as advances in reservoir characterization, well completions and stimulation technologies for EGR;
    2. · digital outcrop modeling with terrestrial scanning lidar and laser technology;
    3. · surface micro seismic imaging for hydraulic-fracture monitoring in reservoir characterization;
    4. · distributed compression technology, including automated MCUs (modular compressor units);
    5. · hydraulic fracturing of the reservoir increasing oil and gas recovery at the final stage of field development.
  • Technology & Innovation: Frontier E&P Technologies for Natural Gas

    This session discusses technologies that address complex gas-industry challenges including:

    1. – carbon sequestration: carbon-capture and storage (CCS) technologies and projects related to carbon-dioxide emissions-capture, transportation and storage;
    2. – natural gas hydrates:
    3. • natural gas hydrates (NGH) extraction technologies;
    4. • technologies for the exploration and production of gas from hydrate deposits in different geological formations;
    5. – permafrost:
    6. • placement strategies and best practices for wells and facilities in permafrost applications;
    7. • use of vapor-liquid heat stabilizers and thermally insulated pipes for wells that reduce permafrost impact;
    8. – other technologies:
    9. • environmentally sustainable drilling and completion technologies and methodologies;
    10. • seismic imaging including fibre-optic imaging and seismic data-processing.
  • Technology & Innovation: GHG and LNG transportation

    This session will present new LNG carrier and short-based technologies for transportation and storage of LNG that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cargoes, prime mover operation and cargo loading and unloading.

  • Technology & Innovation: Innovations in Gas Distribution Work Practices

    This session will be composed of discussing the new distribution field services.

  • Technology & Innovation: Technological Innovation in Underground Storage

    Storage design and operation has always been a source of innovation and new technology. This session will explore some of the current and emerging technology in the inspection of wells and reservoirs, design and modeling, testing, storage station operations, and storage of unconventional gases.

    1. This session will look at:
    2. – Inspection of wells, reservoirs and caverns
    3. – Design Innovations
    4. – Reservoir Modeling
    5. – Storage Compression and Dehydration Innovations.
  • Technology & Innovation: New Pipeline Deployment and Management Technologies

    This session will explore the following key topics:

    1. – Can new pipeline deployment technology speed up the access to new markets?
    2. – Can you reduce the end user cost of gas by introducing digitalization
  • Technology & Innovation: Underground Storage Emerging Technical Challenges

    Storage has been a fundamental part of the natural gas value chain for decades. This provides a wide range of technical challenges not only from aging reservoirs and wells but also from current industry changes that can impact storage. This session will address some of those challenges including issues around aging infrastructure and new challenges around renewable natural gases and hydrogen in the natural gas grids, and other emerging technical and operational challenges to storage operations.

    1. This session will look at:
    2. – Aging of reservoirs and wells
    3. – Renewable Gases, their growth and impact on new and existing storages
    4. – Hydrogen and storage
    5. – Storage in non-traditional geologies
  • Technology & Innovation: What’s New & Smart: Innovations in Gas Distribution Technologies?

    This session will showcase the new distribution products.

Markets, Supply, Demand, Price
  • Industry Insights: Evolution of Gas/LNG Contracts – Where do Things Stand Today?

    This session will examine the evolution of gas and LNG contracts to understand which clauses changed over the past years, providing the reason for the changes and whether those changes are sustainable over time.

  • Industry Insights: Future Gas Demand in the World Energy Mix

    Gas demand will play a key role in the future energy transition. The session will focus on new demand in power generation, industry, transports, petrochemicals and domestic usages:

    1. · gas will compete with nuclear energy to displace coal and support renewable energy in electric generation;
    2. · in transports gas and more specifically LNG will compete with electricity and hydrogen to displace oil for cars, trucks and boats;
    3. · in housing (heating, hot water) gas will compete with electricity (heat pump) to displace fuel and coal;
    4. · in Industry gas will be the best option to replace fuel and coal.
  • Industry Insights: Global Gas Pricing

    During the last 15 years there has been a global trend towards market-based pricing for natural gas. However, regulated price formation mechanism still has an important market share. This session will focus on developments in price formation patterns, both on global and regional levels, diversity of modes of price origination and their evolution.

  • Industry Insights: Market Developments by Science, Engineering and Commercial Innovation

    This session will explore the commercial innovation in contracting to capture new demand.

    1. – How do new indices and destination flexibility offer more value to buyers?
    2. – Will CNG and LNG for land and marine transportation play pivotal roles as solutions to increase gas demand?
    3. – Small scale solutions for penetrating niche and untapped markets will cover how LNG barge/ISO tanks/gas to power/bulk breaking play a role in tapping into new markets.
  • Industry Insights: Market Opportunities for Underground Gas Storage

    Storage operations around the world face widely different market conditions. This session will present the current world storage capacities, explore market differences, and discuss unrecognized values of storage. It will also look at new market opportunities for energy storage, whether through storage of new gases or the storage as a backbone to support renewable electricity production.

    1. – Future role of Underground Storage
    2. – Market opportunities and barriers in different geographical areas
    3. – Seasonal Markets, Demand Based Markets
    4. – Current Storage Statistics
  • Industry Insights: Paris Agreement Impacts on Gas Consumption

    This session will look at how much the scenarios of gas market development depend on ecology-related assumptions. This session will analyze that the implementation of the Paris Agreement will increase natural gas consumption in the mid-term and long-term.

  • Industry Insights: Industry Insights: The Impacts of Covid-19 Pandemic on the Gas Industry and Markets

    The spread of the deadly COVID-19 has impacted the gas industry and markets as well as other industries.

    1. In this session, the impacts will be categorized and discussed in terms of sustainability aspects.
    2. This session is also exploring the technical, social, economic aspects of the impacts and the post COVID-19 outlook of gas industry and markets.
New Technology, R&D
  • Industry Insights: Advances in GHG Emissions Reduction and Renewable Gases in Transmission Systems

    This session will review how TSOs are creating and maintaining their social licence with stakeholders through proactive engagement for general interest and preservation of climate and biodiversity.

  • Industry Insights: Industry Insights: De-Carbonization: The Role of Gas Technologies Toward a Low Carbon Society

    This session will address which emerging gas technologies will enable a systemic solution that support a low carbon energy system that includes heat, power, and mobility. This includes but is not limited to technologies such as Hydrogen (blue and green), Biogas, Power to Gas, LNG. Participants will share how these technologies should couple with low carbon electrical systems to achieve a resilient and economically viable energy system. Finally, the panel will highlight the key challenges facing adoption of these technologies sharing the regulatory, policy, and financial developments from their geographic regions, including suggested solutions to overcome these barriers.

  • Industry Insights: Decentralization: The Role of Gas Technologies to Realize Resilient, Robust, and Smart Society

    As the penetration of renewable electricity increases, the instability of the power grid increases and thus challenges for the local energy system increase. These can be met by the gas system, as fuel cells, hybrid heating, hybrid industrial high temperature systems, GHP, and micro-CHP generate options for smart integrated energy networks. The best mixture of gas and electricity will constitute constructs mutually complementary system. The session will focus on how gas can be used to create smarter grids, and combined with virtual power plant (VPP) gas utilization is an instrument for improving reliability and resilience.

  • Industry Insights: Game Changing Technologies Evolving LNG Business

    This session will address major technological innovations that are currently being deployed or are targeted for deployment across the LNG value chain, which represent breakthroughs in expanding the market for LNG, reduce costs of energy delivered in the form of LNG, and increase the safety and sustainability of the LNG system designs and operations. Innovations covered will comprise of technologies serving the traditional LNG value chain and new market applications including small scale LNG, remote natural gas development, transportation markets including land vehicles and marine vessels, and other novel applications.

  • Industry Insights: Gas Alternatives to Electrification: Affordably Reducing Residential Emissions

    New technologies and products that will enable industry to leverage big data to better engage consumers and manage our gas systems. This session includes the following:

    1. – Solutions for GHG emission reductions in household gas installations
    2. – Use of blockchain for residential consumers
  • Industry Insights: Social Value Creation for Transmission System Operators (TSOS) and Stakeholders

    This session aims to give an overview of how TSOs are creating value for stakeholders by driving innovation through digitalization and the implementation of best practice management systems.

  • Technology & Innovation: Future Proofing: Next Generation Gas Technologies in The Digital Home

    This session will cover:

    1. – New technologies and products that will enable industry to leverage big data to better engage consumers and manage our gas systems
    2. – Use of blockchain for residential consumers.
    3. – Solutions for GHG emission reductions in household gas installations.
  • Technology & Innovation: Implementing Cutting Edge Technologies: Digitalization

    Digital transformation has accelerated in the gas industry. Digitalization offers multiple benefits in E&P areas: uncovering new resources, enhancing the mining efficiencies, and dramatic cost saving. Blockchain is providing emerging opportunities to revolutionize trading and payment systems. Leveraging and deploying emerging digital technologies into the O&M of gas infrastructure realize breakthrough improvements in evaluating the integrity and safety, effective operation, and reducing the cost. In end-use sectors, intelligent and smart systems and a variety of new services with digital technology is being provided to customers. This session will address the latest digital transformation in the gas industry.

  • Technology & Innovation: IOT and AI: The Two Allies to Optimize Risks and Costs in Gas Transmission Networks

    This session will focus on applications and tools to enhance optimizations in transmission systems.

  • Technology & Innovation: Implementing Cutting Edge Technologies: Mix-Gases

    This session will address new technologies and technological approaches for introducing renewable natural gases (RNG) and power-to-gas feedstocks into traditional transport and end use natural gas systems, equipment, and appliances. Presentations will cover technological innovations, optimization of operating practices, technical and operational challenges, and beneficial outcomes of these mixed gas approaches to gaseous fuel supply.

Policy, Strategy, Marketing
  • Industry Insights: Cleaner Energy: Which Role Will New Gases Like Hydrogen, Biogas or Syngas Play in the Future?

    As power becomes cleaner around the world, gas industry is facing the challenge to re-shape its classical product: natural gas. It could be blended with biogas, hydrogen or syngas. Hydrogen from renewable source or produced from methane might turn into a welcomed option to lower emissions in cities or in entire sectors like transportation. Is there a synergy between these different types of gases or will the amount of greener gases remain insignificant? This session will throw a light on different options, first experiences and forecasts for different markets.

  • Industry Insights: Communicating a Compelling Energy Vision

    Around the world, gas companies and associations are developing Energy Visions – long term views on how the energy markets can develop, and what the role of gas is in it. These Energy Visions make sure our sector stays part of the important conversation on a sustainable energy vision. This session seeks to share the best practices and lessons learned on how to position effectively & successfully this energy vision, with successful examples from other industry sectors.

  • Industry Insights: Disruptive Innovation Needs Disruptive Marketing

    The world is changing fast, and so is the gas sector. New business models are disrupting our business. These disruptive business models go hand in hand with new approaches to marketing. This session will analyze marketing for the gas industry with a specific focus on positioning disruptive business models.

  • Industry Insights: Energy Access – Where can Gas be the Solution?

    This session will be composed of:

    1. – Cases where the supply of natural gas has facilitated economic development
    2. – Examples of gas-based technology for solutions to the lack of energy access
    3. – Examples where gas has facilitated renewable energy to provide reliable energy supply in developing or remote area
  • Industry Insights: Energy Policy and its Influence on the Use of Natural Gas

    This session aims to provide examples of energy policies that promote the natural gas as an important part of the energy future, along the whole value chain, either at global or national level, while taking into consideration the current and new climate agreements and commitments, including:

    1. – Environmental protection
    2. – Health protection including indoor/outdoor air quality
    3. – Decarbonization of energy – cost, speed, GHG emission reduction effectiveness
    4. – HG emission reduction to address climate change
    5. – Security of energy supply and trade
    6. – Provision of natural gas for energy access
  • Industry Insights: Gas Players’ Strategies in the Changing Business & Market Environments

    This session will define:

    1. – The changing business & market environments for gas players
    2. – The strategies which gas players have taken in the changing business & market environments
    3. – In what direction are gas players’ strategies proceeding with
  • Industry Insights: Market Liberalization and Price Deregulation

    Price regulation by the governments significantly affects attractiveness of gas industry for investments both domestic and external. This session will explore domestic price regulation patterns, impediments for the market reforms, affects of government intervention on price setting, different strategies of market liberalization.

  • Industry Insights: No Successful Climate Policy Without an Increase in Energy Efficiency. What Does This Mean For Gas?

    Are gas-based technologies more efficient compared to alternatives like coal or even renewables? This session will provide comparisons for all three sectors: power, heating, transportation. Benchmark could be either tons of CO2 reduction or efficiency increase achieved per investment.

  • Industry Insights: The Role of Financial and Tax Policies for Successful Natural Gas Development

    This session will provide:

    1. – Global and regional trends in financial and tax policies that affect the gas industry
    2. – Instruments and incentives that promote the use of gas
    3. – Case studies of success or failure in developing gas projects from perspective of the financial or tax system
  • Industry Insights: Using Social Media to Engage Stakeholders

    This session aims to give an overview of the power of social media, question whether the gas industry globally is leveraging this powerful medium, consider examples of where it is being used effectively and hear from social media experts with advice on how to strategize efficiently.

  • Industry Insights: Who will Facilitate and Fund Energy Access?

    This session will focus on:

    1. – Examples of projects that address energy access, in particular stakeholders and their roles
    2. – Role of financing in facilitating energy access
    3. – Where does gas provide sustainable energy access
    4. – Role of policy makers and governments in energy access
  • Technology & Innovation: Build an Employee Brand that Wins the War on Talent

    This session will explore how the gas companies can attract talent in a competitive environment, including the following:

    1. – How to attract a new kind of talent: heat, power, CO2, chemical, automation, AI, machine learning
    2. – What is the importance of positioning your CSR / cyclical economy approach in your employer branding?
    3. – How can your employer branding attract more diverse talents (gender, background, etc.)?
  • Technology & Innovation: Impact of Environmental Policies on Natural Gas Pricing

    Environmental policies either global or national have developed a number of mechanisms to expedite a move towards low carbon future. Such mechanisms include carbon taxes emission trading schemes, feed-in tariffs, preferential offtake and subsidies. This has changed competitive landscape for natural gas both as input for the power plants, the industry and the households. In this session we will address impact of these policies on gas competitiveness and consumption patterns and fuel switching. The session will consider a positioning of natural gas as public good.

  • Technology & Innovation: Impacts of Natural Gas Distributed Energy System (NGDES) on Gas Affordability

    This session aims to define and consider the impact of NGDES on gas affordability.

  • Technology & Innovation: Innovations in Gas Transmission Networks: A Booster for the Energy Markets Flexibility

    This session will consider the Innovations to minimize prices of gas and optimize safety of supply.

  • Technology & Innovation: Successful Climate Policy with Increased Energy Efficiency - Real Projects, Real Solutions with Gases

    The session provides examples of gas technologies and energy systems (including integrated electrical/gas systems) with overall efficiency gains. Efficiency includes the categories of energy transition cost, time to market, speed of decarbonization, improvement in flexibility and security of supply and other.


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