After a year that brought – to put it mildly – its share of challenges for the European wind industry, Giles Dickson will enter 2022 with cause for cautious optimism that governments are finally “getting it” when it comes to the continent’s acute permitting crisis.

Like anyone else who was in Copenhagen in November, the WindEurope CEO left the industry body’s Electric City conference with the message ringing in his ears that barriers to securing permits are by some distance the biggest drag on wind’s growth, and by extension a danger to the Europe’s entire decarbonisation agenda.