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COP26 climate Change to present opportunities

Energy has this year dominated the headlines of national and international news outlets like never before.
November’s COP26 climate talks in Glasgow will be a crunch time for words to be turned into action by policymakers, while the European Commission has underpinned its Green Deal commitments by unveiling its Fit For 55 package.

Both come against the backdrop of the need for a ‘Green Recovery’ from a pandemic which has negatively impacted every economy yet also presented several once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

All of this means there has never been a better time to be working in – or reporting on – the energy sector. Nor has there been a better time to bring together the key players in that sector under one roof to debate the challenges facing the industry. And that is exactly what Enlit Europe will be doing in Milan from November 30 to December 2.

Coming less than three weeks after the close of COP26, Enlit Europe will be the perfect platform to dissect the outcomes of the climate talks and what they will mean for the diverse energy sector actors who will be speaking or exhibiting in Milan.

There are high hopes for the Glasgow meeting, yet these are tempered by fears that what will be decided won’t go far enough. By Milan, we will know whether the UK presided over a success story or a missed opportunity.

Ahead of Enlit Europe, we use this issue of The Guide to examine some of the key talking points around Europe’s Green Recovery: the need for greater energy efficiency; the growing importance of sector coupling; and will a Green Recovery also equal a Just Transition?

Kelvin Ross, Editor-in-Chief, Enlit Europe. ENLIT

We also explore the some of the latest innovations in power generation, storage, digitalisation and hydrogen – areas that will play a key role in delivering the ambitions of both COP26 leaders and the EU.

I hope you find the articles thought provoking. Better still, I hope you find them talk provoking, and urge you to come and add your voice to the debate in Milan.