Programme of Work
In the first 2017-2019 period, the attention of the UfM Gas Platform has been rather on macro level – covering main subjects such as supply-demand, regulation, infrastructure, LNG and gas hubs. During the following 2020-2022 period, a more focused approach has been envisaged with the overarching goal of a better integration of energy systems in the Mediterranean region while fostering energy transition. This has necessitated focusing on the emerging trends, technologies and applications that will not only have significant impact on the Mediterranean gas future but will also shape the future policy orientation.
For the next program covering the period 2023-2025, the action was designed to support the successful implementation of the last UfM Joint Ministerial Declaration (14 June 2021) to address the region’s energy challenges and its roadmap.
UfM Member States reaffirmed in the Declaration the need and willingness to join efforts for a just and fair transition towards circular, low emissions, inclusive, resilient, sustainable resource and energy efficient economies and societies, by taking into account national circumstances. To this end the present action identified a series of key themes to be covered in the future work programme of the UfM Gas Platform.
– Mediterranean Energy Scenarios;
– Role of gases fuel and hydrogen in the Mediterranean area;
– Enhance renewable energy integration;
– The role of gas in Mediterranean energy transition and supply security;
– Offshore (marine) renewable energies in the Mediterranean.
As was the case in previous years, working groups with relevant stakeholders will be established. Dedicated technical meetings, workshops and training sessions related to the studies will be organized by the OME, as UfM Gas Platform Secretariat, to support this work programme (see also tentative agenda below).
2023 draft agenda of the UfM Gas Platform work programme
|Date and venue (tentative)||Activities / Meetings / Outcomes|
|6 March (Zoom)||Mediterranean Energy Scenarios advisory board meeting|
|March (Zoom)||UfM Gas Platform Coordination Meeting|
|April||WG kick-off meeting on the role of gases fuel and hydrogen in the Mediterranean area|
|3-4 May (Barcelona)||Annual meeting of the three UfM Energy Platforms|
|November||Release of Mediterranean Energy Scenarios|
|December (Dubai)||Side events at COP28|
|December||Update of the UfM Gas Platform infrastructure database|
|December (Paris)||Capacity building session (topic to be confirmed)|
|December (Paris)||Annual UfM Gas Platform Conference|