UK energy expert Nick Butler told a major energy industry gathering on Monday that the energy crisis in Europe and the war in Ukraine have split up a well-functioning energy market and will overshadow coming international climate talks.

During a special session at the ONS energy conference in Stavanger, moderator Alice Baxter, Equinor’s media relations manager, asked Butler what he thought the energy crisis would do to climate policies.

“COP27 is just around the corner in Egypt, and what has happened in the meantime since the last COP, none of us could have predicted — so I wonder, Nick, what could possibly be achieved in this next COP, in light of all that has happened since Glasgow?” she asked.