EASEE-gas was set up in 2002 to develop and promote the simplification and streamlining of both the physical transfer and the trading of gas across Europe
EASEE-gas is a not-for-profit association registered in France (law 1901) and managed in Brussels, Belgium. The association's main purpose is to develop and promote common business practices (CBPs) to simplify and streamline the business processes between all the gas industry players which will lead to an efficient and effective European gas market.
The creation of EASEE-gas was fully supported by the European Commission as well as the different national and European Regulators through the so-called Madrid Forum. It was prompted by the success of the Gas Industry Standards Board (GISB) in the United States and has been modeled on it. Nowadays, the GISB also represents the power industry and is known as the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB).
In addition to publishing CBPs, EASEE-gas is also a provider of trusted digital security certificates for electronic communication in the gas business. EASEE-gas believes that using one single brand of certificates brings additional efficiency and reduces the costs in the operational environment (read more about EASEE-gas security certificates here).
- Full Members: any company involved in the European gas industry, from producers to end users, as well as to companies acting as their service providers. Membership is divided in eight Gas Industry Segments (Producers; Transporters; Distribution Network Operators; Traders & Shippers; Suppliers; Retailers; LNG Terminal and Storage Operator and Service Provider; and End Users). Companies can join one or more of the eight Gas Industry Segments depending on their role in the gas chain. The annual membership fee is currently €3,500 for each industry segment joined.
- Associate Members: other trade associations, government agencies, regulators, consumer groups and to individuals that wish to contribute to work of the association. These can join as Associate Members. Associate Members have no voting rights and do not pay annual fees.
EASEE-gas Organisation Chart
The main bulk of the work of the association is carried out by four Working Groups (see chart). These provide a structured platform whereby industry participants can discuss the harmonisation and simplification of business processes by developing Common Business Practices (CBPs).
In addition to the Working Groups, EASEE-gas set up an Advisory Panel drawn from its Associate members. The role of the Advisory Panel is to advise the Board and the Executive Committee on their areas of work and on the effectiveness of EASEE-gas in assisting the development of an efficient and effective European gas market.
EASEE-gas welcomes the participation of new industry players. The association can only be successful if it is well represented by members across the whole gas value chain. Should you be interested in joining the association, please contact the Secretariat in Brussels or fill-in the membership application form here.