03/31/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/31/2020 16:06

Molecules – The Eurogas Newsletter (March 2020)

When we published our last issue of Molecules, we could scarcely have imagined the way our lives would change in the subsequent four weeks. For the majority of you reading this, it will be from home, where temporary offices and work spaces have been set up, laptops installed, and an array of cables may now be trailing across the room.

Some of us are adapting to working with the background noise of family life; others are learning to work alone, without the interaction of colleagues and associates. None of us is certain how long our new normal will last.

Here at Eurogas, conversations that previously focussed on the energy transition now inevitably discuss the huge social transition happening around the world, as countries attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Covid-19.

It can be hard to talk about anything else, but work has continued. In this issue of Molecules, Felicia outlines how crucial contingency planning is for the energy sector, and the ongoing importance of ensuring European security of supply in the future.

Eurogas has also recently published a papers on the European Green Deal and the Industrial Strategy - there's a summary of these and links to the full documents below.

Despite having been a challenging month, we have good news to note. We were pleased to see the European Commission's new Clean Hydrogen Alliance, for example. Also, we are happy announce we have welcomed Wärtsilä, a global leader in smart technologies, as a member.

Right now, our members are working hard to respond to the needs of local, regional and national governments, whether through ensuring security of supply, adapting industrial plants to produce components desperately needed in hospitals, or suspending the payment of energy bills for public services such as hospitals and care homes.

We cannot be certain how and when this global crisis will conclude. But we can be certain that the energy transition and the successful defeat of this virus have three things in common: the ability of humanity to adapt to a real threat, the necessity for people to work together to beat a common challenge, and the undertaking of actions driven with the interests of people at their heart.

James Watson
Eurogas Secretary General

From our homes to yours - the Eurogas team wish you all well at this time.