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In this edition of the Mission Innovation (MI) newsletter, we introduce the new MISC chair Prof. John Loughhead and a ‘Champions Corner’. We also share information about MI’s participation at UN Climate Summit, the launch of the first MICall on Storage Solutions and about the Global Cooling Prize

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New MISC chair Prof. John Loughhead on MI’s achievements and priorities
In June 2019, Prof. John Loughhead succeeded Frank Des Rosiers as Chair of the Mission Innovation Steering Committee (MISC). Prof. Loughhead is a well-known energy expert who has been involved in Mission Innovation since its inception. He is currently Chief Scientific Adviser at the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). John talked to us about MI’s achievements and priorities and general trends in the clean energy field. Read about John’s views here,

Mission Innovation at the UN Climate Action Summit
At the recent UNCAS Summit Mission Innovation members reiterated their ongoing commitment and the importance of accelerating clean energy innovation to meet long-term climate goals and provide affordable, reliable and secure energy supplies. Read here about the launch of new initiatives and coalitions that will spur clean energy innovation.

MICall19 on Storage Solutions
In a first of its kind cooperation, the European Joint Programming Platform ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems and global Mission Innovation jointly call for transnational research and innovation projects on integrated energy storage solutions. The call was launched on 18 September 2019 and has a total available budget of approximately €22m. To learn more about the call and register for a webinar here

Sustainable Innovation Forum: facilitating greater engagement between the private and public sector
Mission Innovation is pleased to support the Sustainable Innovation Forum as the largest business-focussed event at COP, facilitating direct engagement between private and public sector leaders to accelerate action on issues including clean energy, energy access and climate change. Mission Innovation will work with the organisers, Climate Action, to drive positive, proactive engagement around clean energy innovation at the Forum alongside COP 25 in Santiago, Chile, from 9-10 December.
Morocco joined Mission Innovation
Morocco officially joined MI at the Fourth Mission Innovation Ministerial meeting (MI-4) in Vancouver, Canada, on May 28, 2019 and was welcomed as the 25th member, extending MI’s reach into Africa. Conscious of the magnitude of challenges faced by the African continent, Morocco aims to position itself as a technological hub between Europe and Africa.

Global Cooling Prize: Finalists to be announced in November
The Global Cooling Prize aims at identifying breakthrough, climate-friendly, and affordable residential cooling solutions that have at least five times less climate impact and no more than two times the cost than the most-commonly sold room air conditioner in the market today. Up to 10 finalists will be announced on 15 November 2019 and each team will be awarded the first installment of the US$200,000 prize for prototype development and delivery to testing facilities. Find out more about the prize here,
MI Secretariat Gathering, 19-20 September 2019
The Mission Innovation Secretariat held its 2019 face-to-face meeting in New York City to take advantage of presence of some of its members at the UN Climate Action Week. Much of the focus of the meeting was to ensure that the MI Secretariat is primed and ready to support MI over the next months. The entire team would like to extend its warmest thanks to Tom Lewis and his team from WSP, which provides engineering and design services, for their excellent hosting. They would also like to sincerely thank our colleagues at the Global Covenant of Mayors for making the introductions.

IC7 Newsletter: Affordable Heating and Cooling of Buildings
The objective of Innovation Challenge 7 (IC7) is to make low-carbon heating and cooling affordable for everyone. Globally, buildings account for almost a third of final energy consumption, with space heating and cooling, and the provision of hot water, accounting for approximately half of this consumption. Find out more about IC7 and read its third newsletter here
NEW: Champions Corner
The Mission Innovation Champions Program seeks to celebrate and support innovative individuals who are accelerating the clean energy revolution. The inaugural cohort of 19 champions work in a variety of energy-related fields and industries and have a track record of progressing creative new ideas, inventing products and services of the future. For more information, please visit the MI Champions website or read the press release announcing the Champions.

Mission Innovation Champions
We are happy to announce that we are introducing a ‘Champions Corner’ in the MI Newsletter. We will feature a Mission Innovation Champion or related story in each newsletter.
Clean energy innovation headlines
  • The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate (GCoM), together with the Governments of Germany and Luxembourg, announced the launch of the City Climate Finance Gap Fund. The Fund aims for a capitalization of at least €100m which will unlock €4bn in high-quality low-carbon and climate resilient infrastructure projects in cities.
  • The UK has announced a £1 billion fund to give developing countries access to the latest cutting-edge technology to help reduce their emissions and meet global climate change targets. Through the Ayrton Fund UK scientists and those from around the world can work in partnership with developing countries to transform their energy sectors and reduce emissions e.g. through clean cooking and enhancing large-scale battery technology.
  • US utility Exelon and its startup accelerator initiative Exelon Foundation has announced up to $20 million in funding to support the development of technologies that help mitigate climate change. The funding will be provided to startups through the Climate Change Investment initiative and was unveiled during Climate Week NYC.
  • IRENA has released a new report on Green Hydrogen which identified ways to decarbonise a range of sectors where it is proving difficult to meaningfully reduce CO2 emissions.
  • New opportunities to use carbon dioxide (CO2) in the development of products and services are captured in the IEA report: ‘Putting CO2 to Use’.
  • Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity is a new report from the Coalition for Urban Transitions, an urban-focused initiative with 36 diverse stakeholders across five continents, that aims to support national governments’ efforts to unlock the economic and social benefits of inclusive, zero-carbon cities.
  • The International Energy Agency is inviting input from people around the world on ways to jump-start progress on energy efficiency. The contributions will help to inform the work of the Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency.
23 to 26 October 2019
International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC), Seoul, The Republic of Korea
REN21 invites leaders from across society to meet and discuss policies and experiences at this international high-level policy event. The focus will be on building collective know-how to advance renewables at the international, national and subnational levels.

29 October to 1 November 2019
Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW), Singapore 
The theme for the 12th annual SIEW is, “Accelerating Energy Transformation” which calls on global energy stakeholders to collaborate and accelerate efforts towards a more sustainable energy future.

3 to 4 November 2019
Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The gathering of the World Economic Forum’s Network encourages innovative thinking considering global, regional and geopolitical issues, as well as emerging or cross-cutting topics related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

13 to 15 November 2019
Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) Conference, Helsinki, Finland
The 13th SET-Plan Conference will address, among other topics, research and innovation (R&I) to support the clean energy transition keeping our industry competitive and involving citizens, the decarbonisation of industry, sector coupling and developments in renewable energy. Financing the transition towards net-zero emissions and circular economy, nuclear innovation and the role of women in clean energy will also be discussed.

2 to 13 December 2019
Conference of the Parties (COP 25), Santiago, Chile
The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the supreme decision-making body of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Parties meet annually to review progress in the implementation of the Convention, while other instruments underpinning its implementation are proposed, assessed and approved.

9 to 10 December 2019
10th Annual Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF), Santiago, Chile
The Sustainable Innovation Forum is an official affiliate event of COP25 and aims to drive forward the Paris Agreement framework by bringing together 600 delegates under the topic: “Accelerating Solutions for Climate Action”.
Mission Innovation is a global initiative of 24 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 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.
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