- In the strategy documents, IGU states that the debate on climate change could be “potentially existential for the global natural gas value chain” and “Potential regulatory changes combined with a restriction of liquidity to the sector could have highly damaging effects to the industry.”
- Analysis of IGU’s strategy documents show the organization has developed a global playbook of regionally specific communication strategies to promote fossil gas based on the “environmental-consciousness” of the market.
- In Europe, this appears to include a focus on the “greening of gas”, which presents fossil gas as part of a broader category of ‘gases’, including “low-carbon” and “decarbonized” gases. For Africa, parts of Asia, and South America, IGU’s proposed communications strategies focus on the use of UN Sustainable Development Goals to “broaden the terms of the energy and climate debate”, emphasizing the issues of energy poverty and clean air.
- IGU’s strategy documents also set out the organization’s “advocacy” strategy, showing a targeting of key global institutions, including the UN, the G20, World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund, and several regional development banks. IGU described engaging with these entities as “critically important, as they can be influential in the fuel choice that countries make.”
- Further documents show that IGU has sought to develop relationships with key partners in the media (including the Financial Times and Bloomberg), environmental organizations (including Environmental Defense Fund and Rocky Mountain Institute) and think tanks and consultancies (including Boston Consulting Group and Oxford Institute for Energy Studies). IGU’s aim for its outreach is to “raise IGU’s credibility and leadership amongst influential organizations to help shape energy dialogues and debates,” while its use of the media looks to “promote positive sentiment toward, and broader definition of, gas”
16.12.2022 - This report was amended to account for the fact that Eurogas is no longer a member of IGU.