‘Keeping Europe’s energy systems connected is fundamental’

Keeping Europe’s energy systems well connected following Brexit is too fundamental and important to not happen. That’s according to Secretary General of the World Energy Council (WEC), Christoph Frei, who spoke to ELN about what Brexit could […]

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By Jonny Bairstow
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Keeping Europe’s energy systems well connected following Brexit is too fundamental and important to not happen.

That’s according to Secretary General of the World Energy Council (WEC), Christoph Frei, who spoke to ELN about what Brexit could mean for the energy sector and whether cyber security risks are something people should be more concerned about.

He said: “In a time of rapid change, when we really benefit from institutional strength, be that to look at issues like market design, be that looking at issues like cyber security, be that looking at issues like nuclear safety, those institutions – if we are not joint investing in those institutions, we weaken them.”

Mr Frei added neglecting to maintain joint strength on these issues weakens influence and stressed that finding ways to support shared institutions is going to be very important in the post-Brexit landscape.

He also spoke about cyber security’s place at the top of the global issues agenda.

He said: “If you measure with our issues monitor in regions including East Asia, North America and Europe, basically all the regions where you have high sophisticated digitised interconnected infrastructure is exposed to cyber risks – probably to a much greater extent than we have seen so far.”

Please click here to watch the full ‘Talking Energy’ interview.