Editor’s Outlook: Reminders of our industry’s agility…and roadmaps to its future


What a year. How many times has that sentence been uttered this year? Indeed, we found ourselves saying it as early as the first quarter of the year, and here we are closing it with the very same. These are exceptional times and 2020 is for all, very much the year we’d like to forget and move on from.

We knew 2020 would be a significant year for our industry, for you, for us all. We knew that Helium Shortage 3.0 would continue to play out; we knew hydrogen and other alternative fuels would make great progress towards their necessary tipping points; and we expected that so many other key dynamics in the industry would continue to shape the year ahead. None of us could have foreseen, however, quite what a significant year this would be for all the wrong reasons.

By the time we were forced to write about it at gasworld and, therefore, the industry was well and truly impacted, the situation with Covid-19 had moved so swiftly that it required no introduction. We saw borders back up and countries shut down. The term ‘lockdown’ became synonymous with 2020 all around the world. The ‘new normal’ was established almost overnight; a new business playbook written.

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