|Dr. Fatih Birol's Presentation at the Japan Gas Association
Dr. Birol has been named by Forbes Magazine among the most powerful people in terms of influence on the world's energy scene. He is the Chairman of the World Economic Forum's (Davos) Energy Advisory Board, and is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland) presented in 2009.
In his presentation entitled "World Energy Outlook: An outlook for natural gas," Dr. Birol focused on natural gas and the Asia region from among a number of energy sources and regions covered in "World Energy Outlook."
Dr. Birol pointed out that natural gas should continue to be priced competitively against coal and other energy sources, and that we should follow the "golden rule" in dealing appropriately with the environmental and social challenges associated with shale gas production as necessary conditions that must be met to continue to enjoy today's "golden age of gas."
Regarding the widening gap in natural gas prices in Japan, the United States and Europe in recent years, Dr. Birol said "while it is unrealistic to think prices in the three regions will converge any time soon, achieving the right prices will enhance the globalization of the natural gas market and, hopefully the differences gas price in three regions will be narrower than today. This would make natural gas competitive against coal, and be good news for both gas importing and exporting countries."
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|Sixth Nationwide Family Cooking Contest
At the Tokyo finals, the 14 parent-child teams who prevailed in the preliminary rounds held in nine districts around Japan displayed their cooking skills for the top prize.
Along with the flavor and appearance of the cuisine, the Nationwide Family Cooking Contest emphasized ideal ways of preparing food using gas cooking appliances as well as parent-child teamwork. The contest has become an opportunity for participants to learn about cooking and dietary education in a fun and casual manner. JGA strongly supports the Nationwide Family Cooking Contest as a contribution to society through dietary education activities, and an opportunity for promoting residential gas uses.
∗The WithGas Club is a consortium founded by four industries involved with the living environment (housing manufacturers, kitchen/bath manufacturers, gas appliance manufactures, and LPG/city gas utilities) to propose better housing and lifestyles. JGA is a member.
This year's ENEX featured exhibits by government agencies and energy-related companies and organizations on the theme of "creating tomorrow's business models and lifestyles through energy conservation and new energy."
The Japan Gas Association sponsored a joint exhibition booth with Tokyo Gas and Osaka Gas. The exhibition booth promoted "the Smart Energy Network" as an example of the newest efforts by Japan's city gas industry to build the smart communities of tomorrow.
Mr. Ichiro Takahara, Director-General, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, delivered welcoming remarks at the opening ceremony, followed by a tape cutting by five of the organizers, including JGA Vice Chairman Toshiyuki Kanisawa.
|City Gas Sales for the Full Year 2012 (Jan.-Dec.) Set New Record
Total Japanese domestic gas sales for 2012 (January through December) were 36,690 million m3(41.8605MJ/m3 equivalent), up 4.5% year-on-year for the first increase in two years and breaking the previous sales record set in 2008.
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◇Gas Facts in Japan 2012
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