About Mission Innovation

Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative of 23 countries and the European Union to dramatically accelerate global clean energy innovation. As part of the initiative, participating countries have committed to seek to double their governments’ clean energy research and development (R&D) investments over five years, while encouraging greater levels of private sector investment in transformative clean energy technologies. These additional resources will dramatically accelerate the availability of the advanced technologies that will define a future global energy mix that is clean, affordable, and reliable.

Mission Innovation was announced on November 30, 2015, as world leaders came together in Paris to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change.

Government Leadership

Each of the 23 participating countries and the European Union—which represent more than 80 percent of global clean energy R&D budgets—plans to seek to double its governmental and/or state-directed clean energy R&D investment over five years, reaching around a combined USD $30 billion per year in 2021. New investments are focused on transformational clean energy technology innovations that can be scaled to varying economic and energy market conditions that exist in participating countries and in the broader world.

Private Sector and Business Leadership

The private sector plays a vital role in the commercialization and cost-effectiveness of clean energy breakthroughs. Entrepreneurs, investors, and businesses drive innovation from the laboratory into the marketplace. Participating MI countries commit to work closely with the private sector as it increases its investment in the earlier-stage clean energy companies that emerge from government research and development programs.

Organization

High-level leadership is provided by member governments’ Ministers with responsibility for clean energy innovation. The MI Steering Committee, comprised of member government representatives, provides strategic guidance to foster implementation of the Enabling Framework. Core administrative functions are carried out by the MI Secretariat, a small, flexible team supporting the Steering Committee.

Four MI Sub-Groups organized around themes of the Joint Launch Statement carry out specific tasks:

  • Information Sharing. Sharing data, priorities, and plans promotes transparency and integrity, facilitates stakeholder engagement, reveals collaboration opportunities, and can inspire and inform private sector investment decisions. This Sub-Group helps each participating country provide easily-accessible information on its respective clean energy R&D efforts and support other elements of Mission Innovation, Including Joint Research and Business Engagement.
  • Analysis and Joint Research. Leveraging the combined knowledge, capabilities, and resources of members helps accelerate progress and amplify outcomes. This Sub-Group helps member governments foster a common understanding of clean energy innovation needs across MI countries, which can provide insights for countries’ national plans and identify potential areas for collaboration.
  • Business and Investor Engagement. Innovation starts with government support for R&D, but it is businesses, entrepreneurs, and investors that turn innovations into products and companies that change the world. This Sub-Group assists MI countries in identifying opportunities and engaging the private sector by exchanging information to improve understanding of clean energy innovation needs and perspectives, and encouraging investment to expand and enhance the innovation pipeline.
  • Ministerial Planning Team. Each year, MI Ministers gather to review progress, encourage further collaboration in both the public and private sectors, report on impact and update the MI Action Plan, and commit to concrete deliverables to accelerate the pace of clean energy innovation.  The Ministerial Planning Team is responsible for this annual event, providing strategic and diplomatic oversight in the development of a programme that facilitates an open, productive series of discussions between Ministers, governments, and private sector leaders.
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