European Union

Overview

Maroš Šefčovič

Commission Vice President for Energy Union
European Commission
“The global clean energy transition is ongoing and irreversible. The Paris agreement is an unprecedented success of multilateral partnership between countries across the world. Mission Innovation and the Clean Energy Ministerial are key to reach the goals of Paris and reap the benefits of the clean energy transition. This also represents a tremendous global economic and industrial opportunity. The world can count on Europe to maintain its leadership in providing a global response to climate change and accelerating the pace of clean energy innovation worldwide.”

Carlos Moedas

Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation
European Commission
“Mission Innovation is a perfect complement to the initiatives we have launched at EU level, as part of our Energy Union policy. It is a very clear expression of our view that the global challenges of climate change and the need to move to a low-carbon economy will only work through international cooperation. These are challenges that we cannot tackle alone. We need to be open to learn from each other. Open to cooperate with each other. Open to find solutions together.”

Miguel Arias Cañete

Commissioner for Climate and Energy
European Commission
“The European Commission is stepping up efforts to implement the 2030 energy and climate targets; targeting investments to meet our goals and developing new, affordable clean energy solutions. Mission Innovation is instrumental in this respect. And it is more than an instrument; it is also an opportunity for us to engage with our international partners and provide urgent, collective solutions.”

Role in MI

Progress towards doubling public investment

Country-determined baseline year(s): 2013-2015
Baseline funding amount: EUR ‎€989 million (USD $1.1 billion)
Doubling target year: 2020
Doubling target amount: EUR €1.974 billion (USD $2.2 billion)

Find out more about how the European Commission’s baseline and doubling are calculated

* For 2016: since not all projects have been signed, the actual spending might still increase.

News and events

  • On October 17, 2018, Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Bill Gates, Chairman of Breakthrough Energy Venture, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish Breakthrough Energy Europe (BEE), a joint investment fund that will help innovative European companies develop and bring to market radically new clean energy technologies.
  • On 22 May, 2018, the MI Secretariat, the International Energy Agency and the European Commission Joint Research Centre held a joint workshop to enhance the collection and understanding of data on public and private spending on energy RD&D.
  • Horizon 2020, the multi-annual programme for research and innovation of the European Union (EU), is launching two new funding opportunities for thermal storage projects to support the implementation of the MI Innovation Challenge 7: Affordable Heating and Cooling of Buildings. Deadlines are in February 2019
  • €1.5 million Horizon Prize for CO2 reuse for innovative products utilising CO2 that could significantly reduce atmospheric emissions of CO2 when deployed on a commercial scale. Deadline: 3 April, 2019
  • €1 million Horizon Prize for a hospital that has an innovative and perfectly integrated Combined Heat and Power (CHP) installation within its premises. Deadline: 3 April, 2019
  • €3.5 million Horizon Prize: Cleanest engine of the future to stimulate the development of next generation engine and powertrain technologies using conventional fuels. Deadline: August 20, 2019
  • Converting Sunlight to storable chemical energy topic within the Work Programme for Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Research and Innovation programme. Requirement to include least one non-EU MI member. Budget: €6 million. Deadline: 27 August 2019
  • The current Horizon 2020 Call for Proposals from the European Commission for “Low carbon industrial production using CCUS” encourages collaboration with MI member countries. €33 million is available for proposals submitted by 27 August 2019
  • €5 million Fuel from the Sun: Artificial Photosynthesis prize for a fully functional, experimental prototype device of a fuel production system, integrating the entire artificial photosynthesis process from light capture to fuel production. Deadline: 3 February 2021