The International Gas Union's flagship event will draw more than 30,000 participants to Beijing for its 29th World Gas Conference in May 2025. [Image credits: International Gas Union]

By Dale Lunan

The International Gas Union (IGU) on May 21 started the one-year clock ticking towards its flagship 29th World Gas Conference 2025 (WGC2025) in Beijing with an exclusive countdown event at the China National Convention Centre in Beijing.

Jointly organised by the IGU, Beijing Gas and Beijing Capital Group Exhibitions & Events, the countdown event was combined with the IGU Gas Industry’s Development Forum to bring together more than 400 industry professionals from global industry associations, think tanks, research institutions and energy companies. Thousands more joined the programme online.

“We are thrilled to mark one year until WGC2025 with this exclusive event in Beijing,” IGU President Madam Li Yalan said. “This prestigious conference and exhibition promises to ignite excitement, passion, and anticipation. We look forward to bringing together leaders to discuss critical issues, make connections, and pave the way for a sustainable future.”

WGC2025, set for May 19-23, 2025 in Beijing, will be the first time the IGU’s flagship event, held every three years, will take place in China. WGC2022 was held in Daegu, South Korea, while the IGU’s LNG2019 conference was held in Shanghai in April 2019.

WGC2025 is expected to draw over 30,000 participants from more than 70 countries and regions across various gas and energy sectors, including policymakers, business leaders, decision-makers, customers, NGOs, media and financial professionals.

More than 500 speakers will take part in about 100 sessions over the four-day conference, under the theme Energising a Sustainable Future, Madam Li said.

“With over 90 years of IGU history, this premier gas and energy event will showcase China’s global leadership in natural gas growth potential,” she added.

Confirmed speakers at WGC2025 include Dai Houliang of China National Petroleum Corporation and PetroChina, Saad Sherid Al-Kaabi of QatarEnergy, IGU President Madam Li Yalan, Michael Lewis of Uniper, Sarah Bairstow of Mexico Pacific and Andrea Stegher of the IGU and Italy’s SNAM.

Registration for WGC2025 is now open, and the IGU has issued its Call for Abstracts to present at the conference. More information on both can be found at the conference website.

The IGU Gas Industry’s Development Forum, held in conjunction with the countdown event, saw experts share their insights and views on gas and energy in the context of climate change, energy transition, and energy investment from both global and regional perspectives.

They emphasised that clean and efficient natural gas will continue to play a crucial role in the future energy system and that the integration of natural gas and renewable energy resources remained a key development direction for the industry.

Forum participants also stressed the need for continued investment in the gas industry’s sustainable development goals, the importance of accelerating low-carbon transformation and the necessity of further strengthening methane emission controls.


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