The 20th Annual General Meeting held at the invitation of OMV Aktiengesellschaft on May 25-26, 2017 in Vienna, Austria was the highlight of the year. The gala event brought together more than 350 representatives of 90 companies from 26 countries. Dr. Hans Joerg Schelling, Austrian Federal Minister of Finance, greeted the Congress delegates at the opening ceremony.
In his welcoming speech, A. Miller, President of the IBC and Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom, noted that the IBC is in fact becoming an international organization. Along with the European companies and organizations several companies and banks from the Asia-Pacific region joined the Congress over the past year: Petrovietnam, Mitsui & Co. Moscow, SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited, Mizuho Bank, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Mitsubishi, CNPC and Huawei Technologies. The new scale of the IBC activities requires the profound consideration of the specifics of each region represented in the Congress in the foreseeable future along with the application of new approaches to develop business focused on human values.
International conference “Natural gas as the fuel of the future” was moderated by Mr. Manfred Leitner, Member of the Board of OMV Aktiengesellschaft. The conference was traditionally opened by the IBC President. He noted that the use of natural gas meets the main criteria of modern development and is the most environmentally friendly form of energy. In his report Mr. M. Leitner spoke about the importance of Russian gas supplies to the European market. Mr. K. Schaefer, Chairman of the Management Board of Uniper SE, devoted his speech to “Natural Gas in a Low-Carbon World”. Dr. O. Lazar, President of Shell Russia, spoke about the prospects of natural gas and Russia. Mr. M. Mehren, Chairman of the Management Board of Wintershall Holding GmbH stressed in his speech that the use of natural gas facilitated the transition to new energy sources. In conclusion Mr. K. Blum, Executive Vice President of “Schneider Electric Industries” SAS made a presentation on “Smart Gas and Smart Future” describing the the gas industry transition to a new level of “smart” technologies.

The gala dinner was held in the Parade Hall of Vienna City Hall – one of the most beautiful venues in Vienna.

In 2017, the IBC Presidium approved a new IBC project –  “Methane and its Impact on Climate Change” implemented by the “Industry, Innovation and Prospective Development” Working Committee. The project included a scientific study analyzing the role of methane in climate change resulted in the publication of a book.

In 2017, there was a change in the leadership of the “Ecology and Healthcare” Working Committee. Dr. Nebojsa Jankovic, Head of the Comita Group of Companies for Russia and the CIS was elected as the new Chairman of the Committee due to the retirement of Ms. Stela Blagova, Head of Environment and Sustainability at Overgas Inc.

Ms. Margarita Hoffmann, Senior Vice President of Wintershall Dea AG, was elected as a new member of the IBC Board. Ms. Hoffmann held this position to this day.

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Gala Dinner for participants of the 20th IBC Annual General Meeting in the Parade Hall of the Vienna City Hall