ERIG is an European non-profit organisation based on research to foster the role of gas and innovative gas technologies in the future energy system in synergy with the intermittent renewable energy production. ERIG members represent national technical and scientific gas organisations and associations.

DVGW, German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water

The Deutsche Verein des Gas- und Wasserfaches (DVGW, German Association of the Gas and Water Industry) spreads technical and scientific know-how and promotes technical innovation in all aspects relating to the supply of natural gas and drinking water. Research forms a key part of the DVGW´s activities.


The DVGW´s gas research activities are distributed among a total of six institutions that combine scientific with the gas industry´s practical experience. Facing the energy turnaround combined with ambitious climate protection goals, one of DVGW´s focus is the development and implementation of advanced concepts for the production, transportation and usage of climate neutral gases. 


DVGW is one of the ERIG founding members. Having been elected its president in 2020, DVGW´s CEO Prof. Dr. Gerald Linke aims at strengthening ERIG as competence tool and reliable source of the European energy sector for scientific facts and figures. He states: “ERIG is of great value for widening the cooperation regarding research and development on key issues of the path towards a climate neutral European energy system”. 


New Energy Coalition

New Energy Coalition is a continuously growing network of knowledge institutions, companies, governments, and NGOs working together on energy transition for a sustainable future.

The organization connects knowledge, markets and policy. New Energy Coalition is rooted in the Northern Netherlands, where a wealth of energy knowledge has been traditionally concentrated, and where there is a strong energy infrastructure. From this knowledge position, the coalition works on energy innovations, research and education. The region as a testing ground, with (inter)national scope.


ÖVGW Österreichische Vereinigung für das Gas- und Wasserfach

The Austrian Association for Gas and Water has been supporting the goal of state-of-the-art supply since the 19th century. It represents the interests of its members from both industries and ensures uniform, recognized guidelines with its set of rules. It develops training courses according to the latest findings and distinguishes products, persons as well as companies for special quality by means of certificates and with the ÖVGW quality mark.


Accordingly, the association is divided into the departments “Gas” and “Water”, the wide range of training courses is organized by the department “Training and Event”, while the department “Certification” tests and awards as an officially accredited certification body. Furthermore the ÖVGW takes a lot of action in research for a future climate neutral Gas system within the “Greening the Gas” initiative. You can find an overview of the results of their projects here.

SVGW – Schweizerischer Verein des Gas- und Wasserfaches

VSG – Verband der schweizerischen Gasindustrie 

SVGW – Schweizerischer Verein des Gas- und Wasserfaches


Founded in 1873 by gas specialists in Switzerland

The “Association of Gas Experts in Switzerland” was founded in 1873 by Karl Emil Ringk von Wildenberg from Schaffhausen with headquarters in Zurich. After the water branch was added 14 years later, the Swiss Association of Gas and Water Experts was born.

1911 – the TISG was founded

A massive gas explosion in Geneva in 1909, which resulted in 13 deaths, led to the creation of the Technical Inspectorate of the Swiss Gas Works in 1911. The inspectorate was later integrated into the SVGW. Step by step the association built up a set of rules and training programs.

1970s – change in the gas sector

The 1970s were important for the gas supply industry. At that time, the industry stopped using town gas and started to import natural gas instead. Later, its quality as a low-pollutant energy source gave natural gas a further boost.

Resource protection, hygiene and professionalization in the water sector

In addition to technology, the protection of water as a natural resource and focus on hygiene became a central element in the water supply industry after the post-war period. The professionalization of the industry and the transfer of knowledge also steadily gained importance. In 1979 the association changed its name to “Schweizerischer Verein des Gas- und Wasserfaches (SVGW)”.

District heating and cooling as the newest sector

The association has more and more been involved in district heating / cooling since 2015 and has accumulated technical competence in this field. The Swiss Energy Strategy 2050 makes renewable gases and grid convergence an increasingly important source of energy.

Purpose of the association

The purpose of the association is the safe and sustainable supply with water, gas and heat. In the energy sector, the SVGW promotes the efficient provision and use of conventional and increasingly renewable gases and heat. The association is also committed to the prevention of technical disruptions and accidents.

In the domain of drinking water, the SVGW helps to ensure the supply of drinking water in sufficient quantities and quality. Furthermore we support the coordination of activities within the industry and are committed to the protection of natural water resources

VSG -Verband der schweizerischen Gasindustrie

The Swiss Gas Industry Association VSG represents the sectoral and energy policy interests of the gas industry at home and abroad. One of the main aims of the industry is to decarbonise gas provision by 2050. Around 90 gas supply companies, the majority of which are publicly owned, are part of the association, founded in 1920.

VSG supports its members in the fields of energy management and policy, innovation and research, communication, training and PR work. The association is based in Zurich and has an office in Lausanne.

Gassco is the operator for the integrated system for transporting gas from the Norwegian continental shelf to four European countries and is responsible for safe and efficient gas transport.

An extensive and flexible transport system has been crucial for Norway’s position as one of the world’s largest exporters of natural gas. It is essential that the market can rely on gas deliveries from Norway, so Gassco’s objective is to ensure safe and reliable gas transport. The unique and integrated transport network encompasses three large  processing plants, 8 300 kilometres of steel tubes on the seabed as well as five receiving terminals.

The vision: “Secure energy supplies” accords with the UN’s sustainable development goal (SDG) of affordable and clean energy for all. It sets clear targets and determines priorities on what, how and why we will be working for when delivering secure energy to millions of people every single day.

DGC Danish Gas Technology Center

Danish Gas Technology Centre (DGC), is a specialized consulting and development company within energy and environment. DGC’s main focus areas are green gas development, including Hydrogen and PtX-products, as well as gas utilization. DGC offers consulting services, research and development, laboratory testing, measurement, demonstration projects, and training.

DGC holds a Test Centre for Green Gases for analysis of hydrogen, biogas etc. as well as an accredited laboratory to test gas appliances and to make gas analysis

DGC participates in Danish and international research projects, thereby continually updating its knowledge and methods. Participation in the work on international technical regulation in the gas field keeps DGC up to date with current rules and standards in the energy and environment sector. DGC represents the Danish gas DSO/TSO in various technical associations.

DGC has its offices and laboratory in Hørsholm, north of Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • CESP – MOL PE Circular Economy Science Park is the national initiated centres of innovation (out of 8).
    Individual profile: Waste, Renewable Energy and Water
  • Established by Pannon University (national leading research in gas and hydrogen techologies) and MOL, (leading central eastern europe oil and gas cooperation) in cooperation with:
    • Academia: Uni Pecs, Uni Debrecen, TU Budapest, Uni Szeged, Energy Research Institute, Uni Miskolc, ttk Natural Science Researc Center, Uni Szechenyi
    • Industry: FGSZ (National TSO), MVM Group (vertical integrated, national owned energy group), HGS (Hungarian gas storage), E.ON Hungary Group (Power and Gas DSO)