The president of this month’s UN Climate Change Summit has said that shale gas is “good news because it gives the world trust and confidence in gas”.

Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, deputy Prime Minister of Qatar, which will host the UN summit from November 26, told a television reporter: “A few years ago there was uncertainty about enough supply to the world – today the gas will give the world 300 years of security. I believe this is good news and it will give the consumer more trust in gas.”

His comments come as the pro-shale gas lobby gathers pace around the world, as many countries hope to copy the success of shale gas in the US.

French Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg this month called for shale gas to be investigated as a possible energy source in France, where so far ‘fracking’ – the process by which the gas is released – is banned, as it is in Germany and Bulgaria.

His comments came ahead of a government-commissioned report which called for France to lift the ban and utilise the gas to cut the country’s energy imports and costs.

The European Union’s most pro-shale country is Poland, which is also believed to have the greatest reserves in Europe.

In the UK there have been calls from several prominent business and trade organisations, including the Institution of Directors and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, to push ahead with more widespread fracking as they believe this will create a jobs and skills boom.

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