The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) – an intergovernmental organization comprising the world’s leading natural gas producers – has reiterated the role gas plays in addressing climate change impacts and energy poverty while spurring energy security and economic growth globally. Stipulated in the Doha Declaration, issued after the 6th summit of the GECF Heads of State and Government of Member Countries, the organization highlighted gas as the fuel of choice to satisfy global energy needs.

The 6th GECF Summit – which took place on Tuesday – reaffirmed “the absolute and permanent sovereign rights of member countries over their natural gas resources; the willingness of the GECF member countries to develop their natural gas resources for the benefit of both producers and consumers; and the commitment to the objectives of the GECF and the intention to enhance the organization’s role.”

With member states committing to exploring and expanding new areas of cooperation within the organization including gas-to-hydrogen, improving conditions for natural gas trade, infrastructure, and resilience enhancement regarding natural disasters – the GECF remains committed to addressing energy poverty and climate change through gas.