Why the United States?

2018 will be the 100th anniversary of AGA!  What better way to mark this key milestone than by hosting the 27th World Gas Conference.

Because the United States represents the entire gas industry value chain — from producer to consumer — and because of its pivotal role in the development of new, game-changing technologies on both the supply and consumption sides of the industry, the United States is uniquely positioned to serve IGU and the global gas industry, while leading the industry into a low-carbon future.

North America is the laboratory that will continue to set technical and operational standards worldwide. Shale gas is truly a revolution, unlocked by American technology that will continue to advance — the story is by no means over.

We believe that North America is uniquely positioned to lead and serve IGU and the global gas industry. The privilege of leading IGU depends on much more than which city or country is best qualified to host the World Gas Conference. It is really about who is best positioned to continue to promote the long-term strategic vision of IGU, and to truly position gas as the fuel of today and tomorrow. We believe that around the globe, natural gas should be considered as a foundation fuel — a fuel that represents the long-term foundation of an affordable, lower carbon energy supply.

The IGU vision is to be the leading global gas industry association by advocating on behalf of the industry. Both the exciting developments in the United States with respect to unconventional gas — not to mention our wealth of experience in both LNG and conventional gas — lead us to believe that we are both ready and able to advance that vision.



  • The United States team brings vast experience to the table, including:

    1. Our role as the advocate for natural gas in North America
    2. Our service, through AGA, as a charter member of IGU almost since its inception
    3. AGA’s track record of having served IGU in many capacities, including hosting three IGU Executive Committee meetings in the last 20 years, providing leadership on Task Force B and other task forces to restructure and refocus IGU, AGA’s leadership on IGU Distribution and Strategy Committees and support for IGU meetings held in the United States
  • AGA and its members have been engaged in extensive strategic planning and scenario planning to 2030, and beyond, to ensure that natural gas continues to be the fuel of today and tomorrow
  • AGA has a proven track record raising the associations’ Voice, increasing its Visibility and providing Value to its membership





  • 175 million North Americans depend on natural gas every day, consuming 1.77 billion cubic meters of natural gas daily
  • Natural gas comprises one-quarter of all energy used in the USA
  • There are over 3.8 million kilometers of pipeline of varying sizes and pressures that transport natural gas throughout the USA


  • The domestic natural gas resource base in the USA is large, estimated to be 61.5 trillion cubic meters, enough to meet current production for another 100 years
  • Shale gas now accounts for 25% of all USA production, up from 3% in 2000
  • The USA imports 106 bcm of natural gas annually and exports 30 bcm


  • Despite a significant increase in the number of homes using natural gas, greenhouse gas emissions have decreased 40% per household since 1970
  • Natural gas currently generates approximately 23% of total USA electricity
  • Natural gas is a vital ingredient for production of many alternative and renewable energy sources. It is used to manufacture lightweight steel for fuel-efficient cars and trucks, to produce hydrogen for fuel cells, as a component of windmill blades for wind energy, and to grow the corn needed for ethanol


  • Natural gas is efficient – 92% of the natural gas produced is delivered to customers as usable energy
  • Natural gas, on an energy equivalent basis, emits 45% less CO2 than coal and 27% less CO2 than oil
  • It is the best fossil fuel source available to reduce greenhouse gas emissions