Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association Europe

NGVA Europe keeps you informed!

09/11/2015 - Scientists increase capacity of NGV fuel tanksmore
09/11/2015 - Audi and two French distributors of natural gas new members of NGVA Europemore
09/11/2015 - University in Germany turns diesel tractor into NGV to stimulate use of biomethanemore
09/11/2015 - Belgian region of Flanders will cut road tax for cars on natural gasmore
09/11/2015 - New tenders for city buses will favour natural gas and biome thane, extensive survey showsmore
22/09/2015 - EU Member States and legislators could do much more to encourage the spread of alternative fuels, Brussels expert group saysmore

The Officers

 Dr. Gerhard Holtmeier, Chairman of the Board
Gerhard HoltmeierDr. Gerhard Holtmeier was elected Chairman of the German "Initiativkreis Erdgas als Kraftstoff Deutschland e.V", an initiative promoting the use of natural gas as a fuel, in autumn 2007. In 2009 it was renamend as "erdgas mobil e.V." and Dr. Holtmeier became Chairman of the supervisory board. "erdgas mobil e. V." represents major German gas companies. In his role as representative of "erdgas mobil" in the Board of NGVA Europe, Gerhard Holtmeier was elected NGVA Europe Chairman during the annual meeting of the members, held in Bologna, Italy, on June 19th 2012.

Dr. Holtmeier is also Member of the Board of Thüga AG since 01.11.2010. The Thüga AG is minority shareholder of more than 100 German energy and water supply companies. Before he was a Member of the Board of VNG - Verbundnetz Gas Aktiengesellschaft and in charge of the Gas Sales and Technical Affairs department (from July 2007 until December 2009). VNG is an international group of companies headquartered in Leipzig, Germany, and a reliable supplier of natural gas from Norwegian, Russian and other sources to major users and municipal distributors in Germany and Europe. Today, VNG is Germany's third largest gas importer and ranks among Europe's top ten.

Previously he had worked for Sal. Oppenheim jr. & Cie KGaA, Cologne/ Germany (investment banking - energy/public sector) for 7 years. He started his career at E.ON Ruhrgas AG (Essen/Germany) in 1992 and is a lawyer by profession.


 Philippe Van Deven, Vice-Chairman of the Board

Philippe-van-DeuvenPhilippe Van Deven is the General Manager of GNVERT, the GDF SUEZ cross-Group sustainable mobility operator carrying out activities of sustainable mobility. GNVERT provides a wide range of solutions including the design, building, financing, operation and maintenance of refueling stations as well as the distribution and sale of Compressed Natural Gas, Biomethane, LNG, LBG, Hythane and other green or renewable transportation fuels.

GDF SUEZ develops its businesses around a model based on responsible growth to take up today’s major energy and environmental challenges: meeting energy needs, ensuring the security of supply, combating climate change and optimizing the use of resources. The Group provides highly efficient and innovative solutions to individuals, cities and businesses by relying on diversified gas-supply sources, flexible and low-emission power generation as well as unique expertise in four key sectors : liquefied natural gas, energy efficiency services, independent power production and environmental services. In Europe, GDF SUEZ is the No. 2 buyer of natural gas and No. 1 importer of LNG. The Group has also the No. 1 natural gas transport and distribution network.

Before joining GNVERT in September 2013, Philippe held successive positions in Belgium and in Canada for GDF SUEZ Energy Services.


 Hans Wach, Secretary of the Board
Hans WachHans Wach is the General Manager of Gasverbund Mittelland AG (since April 2001), one of the 3 major regional gas suppliers in Switzerland, and in a second function General Manager of "gasmobil AG" (founded in2002). After finishing his studies as process engineer at the ETH (Federal Institute of Technologie), Zurich, in 1982, he was in charge of several engineering and technical functions first at Ciba-Geigy, Basel, later at Novartis. In his last job at Novartis he was the responsible manager for energy supply and services for all Novartis sites in Basel.

"Gasmobil AG" is the national company and platform of the Swiss Gas Industry for the NGV-development in Switzerland. Gasmobil operates as a competence and coordination centre for NGV development in cooperation with market partners and government administrations. Gasmobil also promotes natural gas and biomethane as a combined vehicle fuel in the transportation sector. Main shareholders of "gasmobil" are the three major regional gas suppliers Erdgas Ostschweiz AG, Gasverbund Mittelland AG and GAZNAT SA. Furthermore the two Swiss associations for natural gas VSG and SVGW participate in the management of gasmobil.


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