GERG Major Aims

GERG encourages and supports the development of high quality R&D projects and assists in the development of a sound framework for European gas research by:

  • providing the appropriate forum for discussion, technological exchange and dissemination.
  • identifying the key issues in each major sector of the gas business.
  • ensuring that relevant topics are adequately covered by R&D.
  • maximising the value of such research carried out in Europe and the use of specialist facilities.
  • avoiding wasteful duplication of effort.
  • identifying appropriate funding mechanisms.
  • linking the gas industry to a broader research base through the GERG Academic Network

Programme Committees

The most important aspect of GERG is the interaction within the Technical Programme Committees, where groups of technical experts, drawn from the member organisations, meet on a regular basis. Their objectives are to exchange ideas, to explore the potential for collaboration and, most important, to establish GERG projects.

There are five GERG Programme Committees:

  • PC General Studies
  • PC Transmission & Storage
  • PC Distribution
  • PC Utilisation
  • PC LNG

Activity Reports

All Activity Reports are available in our Publications section.

R&D Priorities

1. Securing the European Gas Supply

  • Improving the interoperability of European gas networks
  • Diversification of gas supply sources and routes
  • Development of gas storage
  • Development of gas network simulation tools to facilitate the development of the European gas market

2. Improving the safety and integrity of gas networks

  • Minimising the social and environmental impact of urban works
  • Increasing European gas network integrity
  • Increasing European gas network durability
  • Improving the robustness of the management and control of European gas networks
  • Improving simulation tools for gas network management and control
  • Improving the cost-effectiveness of gas networks

3. Developing smart gas uses & managing energy demand

  • CHP (including hybrids)
  • Promoting gas in low energy houses / future houses
  • Safe and efficient industrial processes
  • NGV
  • New uses for natural gas

4. Improving the sustainability of natural gas supply and use & future energy schemes

  • CCS - CO2 capture and storage
  • Reduction of gas industry GHG emissions
  • Large-scale injection of biogas into existing natural gas networks
  • Hydrogen
  • Production
  • Mixing, transportation and uses of mixtures of natural gas and hydrogen
  • Storage
  • Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of alternative approaches