Bringing Natural Gas to Copenhagen

Washington, D.C. -The American Clean Skies Foundation (ACSF), the UN Foundation, and the Worldwatch Institute announced today that they are joining forces at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to explore the potential for natural gas to accelerate the world's transition to a low-carbon economy. New sources of unconventional gas could make possible the more rapid displacement of oil and coal, while providing back-up power that will enable faster adoption of wind, solar, and other intermittent renewables.

The event, "Natural Gas, Renewables and Efficiency: Pathways to a Low-Carbon Economy," will be held at the Danish Society of Engineers building on December 12 from 13.30 to 17.30 and will focus on actions and policies to replace high-emitting fuels with natural gas and increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. Confirmed speakers include Christopher Flavin, President of Worldwatch, Aubrey K. McClendon, Chairman of ACSF, and Timothy E. Wirth, President of the United Nations Foundation.

Panels of industry and government experts will discuss concrete strategies for boosting natural gas's role in national climate change policies, and to facilitate the introduction of intermittent renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. Compared with coal, natural gas allows a 50-70 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, depending on the application.

A full agenda for the Copenhagen program will be posted on the websites of all sponsoring organizations in advance of the event.