Venice, 20 June 2014 – The General Assembly of the European branch organisation Eurogas, meeting in Venice, has elected Gertjan Lankhorst, CEO of GasTerra, as its new President. He succeeds Frenchman Jean-François Cirelli who has headed Eurogas for the last four years. The Eurogas Presidency is an ancillary position, Mr Lankhorst will continue in his post as CEO of GasTerra.
Eurogas brings together a total of 45 gas sector companies and organisations, dealing in gas trading, distribution and retail, from 25 different countries. It is responsible for protecting the sector’s common interests in Brussels.
In his acceptance speech, Gertjan Lankhorst emphasised that the gas sector has a lot to offer Europe, now and in the future. ‘First and foremost, our product with all its benefits for a secure energy supply and an effective and responsible climate policy, but also knowledge, expertise and ideas, which can help Europe advance along the bumpy road towards a more sustainable energy scenario.’ He also considered the fact that technology which brings about improvements in efficiency is not deemed to be sustainable. ‘Incomprehensible, for there is no cleaner, or, in other words, more sustainable energy, than unused energy. I would therefore argue that efficiency-enhancing technology should be given a much more prominent place in the energy policy. I would recommend that the European and national governments should incorporate this into their sustainability policies.’
Or watch the video with Gertjan Lankhorst.