Korean IGU Presidency Activities

June 23-25, 2019

IGU President speaks at 20th Asia Oil and Gas Conference

On June 23-25 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian leaders of the Asian gas industry gathered together to discuss the energy transition and the market, focusing on ‘Forging A New Energy Future’ at the 20th Asia Oil and Gas Conference (AOGC). The IGU President made a presentation on ‘Beyond Energy Trilemma: Natural Gas as the Vital Component of a Sustainable Energy Future’.


H.E. Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Bin Ali the Minister for Economic Affairs of Malaysia and IGU President at the 20th AOGC

June 15-16, 2019

Natural Gas Day in Japan

IGU in collaboration with the Japan Gas Association (JGA) held the first IGU Natural Gas Day preceding the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth on June 15-16 in Karuizawa, Japan.

Natural Gas Day
Natural Gas Day

IGU delivered IGU-JGA Communique to H.E. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan.

Along with the event, IGU signed a communique with the JGA promising continued efforts to fight climate change and clarify the role of natural gas in ensuring economically and environmentally sustainable energy future which was delivered to Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.

May 15-16, 2019

IGU President Speaks at 23rd International Uzbekistan Oil and Gas Conference 2019

On May 15, 2019 IGU President Joe M. Kang joined the plenary discussion at the 23rd International Uzbekistan Oil and Gas Conference (OGU) 2019. Starting with the recent developments of the global gas industry, Dr. Kang focused on regional gas demand while exploring opportunities for Uzbekistan’s gas industry.

View the presentation here.

OGU 2019
OGU 2019

April 23-25, 2019

Economía y Negocios Interview with IGU President: Chile’s potential to articulate a future natural gas export hub

During the IGU’s second Executive Committee under the Korean Presidency (Santiago, Chile), the IGU President engaged in activities to raise the voice of gas by meeting with the Minister of the Environment, H.E. Maria Carolina Schmidt Zaldívar, and took part in an interview with Economía y Negocios.

Read the full interview on Economía y Negocios online.

April 2, 2019

Xinhua Interview with IGU President: LNG industry sees exciting opportunity in transport application

The 19th International Conference & Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG2019) opened in Shanghai on April 2. Joe M. Kang, president of International Gas Union (IGU) and major speaker of the conference said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua that natural gas is playing a vital role towards an economic and environmental sustainable energy future, and that the prospects of LNG applications such as in the transport sector will provide great opportunities for the industry.

Read the full interview on Xinhua’s website and watch the video interview here.

April 1-5, 2019

19th International Conference & Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG2019), Shanghai

The IGU World LNG Report was presented in a special session at LNG2019 in Shanghai on April 3, 2019 – download the report here.


March 28, 2019

IGU Diplomatic Gas Forum in Korea

IGU Korean Presidency held the IGU Diplomatic Gas Forum for the first time in Seoul, Korea. Attendees included more than 15 Ambassadors and Chargé d’affaires stationed in Korea and and C-level industry leaders.

The title of the event was “The Vital Role of Natural Gas towards a Sustainable Energy Future” with a panel discussion focusing on the challenges and opportunities that natural gas offers such as in dealing with the urban air quality issue and the expanded role of natural gas in the transportation sector.

Diplomatic Gas Forum

December 3-14, 2018

2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24), Katowice

The International Gas Union participated in several key gas related side events at country pavilions inside the COP24 event.

View the Gas Events Inventory here.


October 4, 2018

Gas Matters Interview with IGU President

In this exclusive interview with Gas Matters, Joe Kang, the new president of the International Gas Union, explains why the talks matter to the entire energy industry. He also outlines the advocacy initiatives the IGU is working on to ensure policy-makers are aware of the vital contributions natural gas can make to a sustainable energy future and cleaner air.

Read the full interview here.

August 24, 2018

Letter to the Editor,  The Economist

Letter to the Editor of the Economist, from Professor Joo-Myung Kang, IGU President.

Read the full letter here.

July 10, 2018

Natural Gas World Interview with IGU President

Natural Gas World interviewed IGU President, Mr. Joe Kang, at the close of the 2018 World Gas Conference in Washington DC.

Read the full interview here.

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