The world is in the midst of an existential crisis. As the Covid-19 pandemic swept across international borders, it had devastating impacts on human health, the world economy and energy systems all at once. Preconceptions and conventional wisdom have been thrown into doubt and our future vision is obscured by a fog of uncertainty. Is it still possible to see a brighter energy future? I believe it is if we work together to prepare post-crisis strategies that make more room for “greener” and cleaner energy pathways and incorporate the human cost of transition.
Since the start of the pandemic, the World Energy Council has been surveying its members drawn from more than 3,000 organisations around the world, among these I am pleased to mention the dynamism of WEC Italy and the significant contribution of its important associates, to see how energy leaders and businesses are managing crisis and to share their expectations for the future. Our surveys indicate that the pandemic has impacted all energy industries and businesses, but with highly uneven effects.