Energy Enablers Podcast - 01/September/2023

Understanding security of supply

In this episode of Energy Enablers, Leonhard Birnbaum, president of the trade association Eurelectric, explains how the energy market is evolving in the shadow of a trio of crises


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A trio of challenges facing Europe are having an ongoing impact on its energy sector: the energy crisis, which saw prices grow sharply, was brought into greater focus following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, while the vital climate crisis bears a constant pressure on all decisions.

In this week’s episode, David is joined by Leonhard Birnbaum, president of the trade association Eurelectric—and CEO of E.ON—to discuss how Europe has reacted to the crises and its next steps towards 2030 and 2050 climate targets.

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