Coronavirus (Covid-19), carbon dioxide (CO2) – or the lack of it – and clean energies have been the big talking points of 2020 across the industrial gases industry. It’s been an unprecedented year, one that none of us could have imagined 12 months ago.

The outbreak of Covid-19 has undoubtedly been the biggest talking point of them all, with the industry naturally on the frontline of efforts to fight the spread of the virus and treat those with it. With potential vaccines on the horizon, the industry will once again play a central role here providing dry ice – a solid form of CO2 – to help with challenge of delivering millions of doses at ultra-cold temperatures.

Huge orders are expected from transportation and logistics companies which will distribute vaccines in 2021. But after the CO2 shortages experienced across the US this year, many in the industry are asking if there will be enough dry ice.

In addition to shaking up the CO2 market, the Covid-19 pandemic has also spurred an investment in green recovery as many look towards a decarbonised post-pandemic world. With that shift in mind, industrial gas businesses are now more than ever investing time and effort into spearheading this revolution, with both greener innovations and operations posing as a key focus for many.

This December, the conversation surrounding these hot topics continues with gasworld’s gift to you, our readers, in a series of 12 exclusive interviews looking back at the industrial gas year that was, and ahead to 2021. Aptly named A Christmas Twist: The 12 Days of Content, the series will feature interviews with:

1. Linde – Thursday 17th December

2. Chart Industries – Friday 18th December

3. EIGA – Monday 21st December

4. The Harris Products Group – Tuesday 22nd December

5. BOC South Pacific – Wednesday 23rd December

6. Weldcoa – Thursday 24th December

7. Messer – Friday 25th December

8. Pulsa – Monday 28th December

9. BCGA / Nippon Gases Europe – Tuesday 29th December

10. Equigas – Wednesday 30th December

11. INOXCVA – Thursday 31st December

12. CO2 Meter – Friday 1st January