Athens hosted the 30th Meeting of the European Business Congress (EBC) Presiding Committee and the 17th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the EBC. The meetings were moderated by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and President of the EBC. A conference entitled ‘Gas Motor Fuel for European Environment’ was held as part of the EBC.
“The NGV segment is among our priority lines of business. At present, natural gas occupies an inadequately small niche in the vehicle fuel market. Our aim is to change that. We consider a unified approach and adequate regulatory measures to be essential for establishing a solid foundation for evolution of the NGV fuel market.
The vehicle manufacturing industry and the gas industry may become natural allies to promote the use of natural gas in the transportation sector. Gazprom already closely cooperates with the key players of this industry, and these are not just Russian manufacturers, but well-known international brands as well, including Volkswagen, Mercedes, Fiat, Opel and many others. We, in our turn, are planning to substantially expand our filling stations infrastructure both in Russia and the EU.
We are sure that wider use of natural gas will partially resolve the most pending issues of the European community, that is, it will provide support to the economic competitive ability and at the same time contribute to environmental protection,” said Miller in his report at the conference.