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Global gas market trends and the role of gas in the European energy transition Ifri Energy Breakfast Roundtable

There is a sustained global demand growth for gas. Ample production and large investments into LNG export infrastructures in Australia and the USA and into receiving terminals all over the world are boosting trade, supported by lower prices and more flexible supplies. Emerging economies have been increasing gas demand and LNG imports, yet gas will have to find its way in these markets where coal strongly dominates power generation and renewable energy sources are strong competitors.

Europe remains dominantly supplied by pipeline gas, mainly from Russia and gas supply security concerns have eased. The attention has increasingly shifted towards a fundamental discussion about the role of gas in the context of decarbonizing energy systems, which is critical as gas is a very capital intensive industry that requires clear policy signals. While the role of gas in Europe is expected to remain steady in the medium-term, this fundamental, longer-term issue for the industry and policy makers remains to be clearly addressed.

This energy breakfast aims at taking stock of recent global gas market trends, with a focus on investments and their implications and discussing opportunities and challenges to the current and longer term role of gas in the European energy and power generation mix. The proposed discussion comes at a critical time for the EU energy policy agenda: coal fired power generation is expected to progressively decline and power markets require flexibility, climate policy instruments, electricity and gas market regulation as well as transport policies, where gas has a growing role to play, are being adjusted or reshaped; and “green gas” and hydrogen, alongside batteries, electric vehicles and CCS are emerging as possible new tools for the European energy transition.

The energy breakfast will start with presentations from the distinguished speakers and will end with a broad discussion with the audience.

Moderator: Marc-Antoine Eyl-Mazzega, Directeur, Centre Energie, Ifri


  • Global gas markets, investments and medium term perspectives
    Laszlo Varro, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency
  • The future of gas demand in the European energy transition
    Sylvie Cornot Gandolphe, Associate Research  Fellow, Ifri
  • Developments and opportunities for gas in Europe – an industry perspective
    Fabrice Noilhan, Senior Executive Vice-President, Gaz, EDF


Conseil Central de l'Economie, salle 6 - 20 avenue d'Auderghem - Bruxelles - métro Schuman
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