Of all fossil fuels, natural gas is experiencing the largest growth worldwide. At the same time, tech innovations are making the extraction and transportation of natural gas easier, cheaper and more efficient. These trends are already transforming the global energy landscape and soon, analysts say, natural gas might be at the core of the transition towards a carbon neutral economy. Is natural gas about to become a game changer in international relations? Who are the main players in the “great game of gas”? What are their interests and ambitions? And what impact is the surge of natural gas going to have on global geopolitics and economic trends?
Actors and Geopolitics
From the shale gas revolution in the United States to the geopolitical role of Russian pipelines in supplying both the European Union and China. From the new gas discoveries in Africa and the eastern Mediterranean to the rising tensions behind the exploitation in the Middle East. A complex, tangled and crowded game for the forthcoming future.
Manfred Hafner, Sciences Po, Johns Hopkins University and Fondazione Enrico Mattei
Samantha Gross, Brookings Institution
Lapo Pistelli, Executive Vice President- Director International Affairs Department Eni
Massimo Nicolazzi, ISPI
Alberto Belladonna and Alessandro Gili, ISPI
Pawel Musialek, Cracow University and Klubu Jiagiellonskiego
Simone Tagliapietra, Bruegel, Università Cattolica and Fondazione Enrico Mattei
Ilya Razlomalin and Ilya Sushin, McKinsey & Company
Philippe Copinschi, Sciences Po
Technology and Future Trends
New environmental laws are giving natural gas a new centrality in the energy mix of major countries since it is seen as the transition energy towards a carbon-neutral economy. How are cleaner solutions and new technologies leading the way? How can natural gas be combined to produce cleaner energy for the future?
Stefano Cao, Chief Executive Officer Saipem
Menelaos Ydreos, Executive Public Affairs International Gas Union
Alexio Picco, Chief Consultant for the European Coordinators for the Motorways of the Sea
Susanna Dorigoni, Università Bocconi
Ruggero Corrias, Head of International Relations Snam