As both economies and populations grow worldwide, the demand for energy continues to increase. In order to strengthen their energy security, many countries turn to the diversification of their energy mix.

However, as environmental concerns grow, the impact the energy sources chosen have on global emissions is also a key concern.

Across Europe and Asia, many pose the question – what role will natural gas play in the future energy mix in relation to coal, oil, natural gas, renewables and nuclear?  In the recent years, natural gas has slowly started to increase its share in the energy mix within many countries. It has become a favoured fossil fuel choice over coal and oil due to its lower carbon emissions and also higher fuel efficiency - but at what price point does natural gas become a less attractive option?

In a recent interview, Laszlo Varro, Head of Gas, Coal & Power Division for the International Energy Agency (IEA) commented on the prominence of natural gas in Europe’s energy mix, “In Europe, gas has been squeezed between cheap coal, rapid growth of renewables and overall macroeconomic weakness. It will take the rest of the decade to recover. However, both coal and nuclear, which today provide more than half of European electricity, face an uncertain future. Renewables alone will not be able to compensate for both, creating room for gas to recover and remain a major part of the energy mix for decades.”

However low emissions does not equal no emissions, and many argue that renewables or nuclear power could be more effective in reducing global emissions. Natural gas is usually used and transported in the form of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), and Mr Varro points out that, “Properly managed upstream/LNG operations do deliver CO2 savings… [but it is] critically dependent on the methane leakage in the gas value chain.” Even so he notes that, “Renewables are booming in Asia, and several Asian countries have significant nuclear programs as well.”

These concerns will be addressed at the 3rd annual Gas Asia Summit (GAS) in Singapore this October.

GAS will be held from the 29th to 31st of October as part of the annual Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) organised by the Energy Market Authority (EMA) of Singapore. Over 250 international and regional VIPs and C-level executives attend the Summit each year. GAS is supported by Silver Sponsors Herbert Smith Freehills and Cheniere Energy, as well as industry associations such as GEP APAC, the International Project Finance Association (IPFA), Association of Process Industry (ASPRI), and the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS).

Just a few weeks after this event gasworld will be returning to Singapore to hold its second conference in the country. For more information about the event go to http://www.gasworld.com/news/regions/west-europe/gasworld-announces-conference-dates/2003905.article