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Dear Mission Innovation contacts

I am delighted to take on the role of Head of Secretariat at this exciting time for Mission Innovation (MI). The urgent need for clean energy innovation has never been more apparent, with the IPCC’s special report on the impact of global warming of 1.5 degrees highlighting critical clean energy technology gaps. MI is the key intergovernmental platform to help accelerate such innovation and the Secretariat is here to connect & support, to maximise the impact of domestic & international activities, and to drive forward work that will deliver the ambitious goals in MI’s Action Plan.

A key priority over the coming year is to better communicate what MI and our members are achieving. From a new €100 million public-private clean energy investment fund to one of MI’s 2020 Solutions winning the ExtremeTech Challenge, this newsletter showcases just how much is being achieved individually and collectively. As part of a major project by the Secretariat to refresh our visual identity and our website I am pleased to welcome you to the new look MI newsletter! Keep your eyes peeled for the roll out in the coming months, and find out more below.
It is vital that we have a great team to deliver this impact. I am pleased that Per-Anders Widell, from the Ministry of the Environment and Energy in Sweden, and recent Chair of the MI-3 Ministerial Planning Team has joined the MI Secretariat team to push forward the delivery of major initiatives within the Action Plan.

Members of the
MI Secretariat team
I look forward to working with all of MI’s members, Steering Committee, Sub-groups and collaborating organisations to deliver our common mission.
Dr Jennie Dodson
Head of Mission Innovation Secretariat
In this edition of the MI newsletter we report on the launch of a €100 million clean energy investment fund; introduce the new MI framework to assess technologies for avoided emissions; and showcase the work of the MI Carbon Capture Innovation Challenge.

We hope that you find the newsletter interesting and informative. If you do please pass on the newsletter sign up link to your network.

Please email us if there are subjects you would like us to cover in future issues. We look forward to hearing from you.
Breakthrough Energy Europe: a new €100 million clean energy investment fund
Governments have traditionally funded early stage energy technology research but find it difficult to support technologies through to commercial exploitation. Conversely, private investors are good at identifying the most promising companies and start-ups but are unable to assume both technological and commercial risks. What if a new approach could avoid these pitfalls by allowing the two sectors to complement each other? The new Breakthrough Energy Europe investment fund intends to do just that. Find out more here.

Bill Gates and Carlos Moedas sign a Memorandum of Understanding to establish Breakthrough Energy Europe
Mission Innovation investor framework launched at European Climate Innovation Summit
A Framework to support investors and funders to identify those system solutions and technologies that have significant ability or potential to contribute to reduced greenhouse gas emissions in society, so called avoided emissions, has been launched by Mission Innovation. 
Find out more here.
A three-step approach for assessing low-carbon solutions.
$103 million funding to address the priorities of the Carbon Capture Innovation Challenge
The Carbon Capture Innovation Challenge (IC3) is demonstrating the impact of international collaboration with the allocation of $103 million funding to support projects aligned with IC3’s priorities. Find out more here.

The Accelerating Breakthrough Innovation in Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage report
New Mission Innovation visual identity launched
Mission Innovation (MI) has a new visual identity! It’s sleek, simple, modern and professional.
The new logo is a big part of the visual identity and is designed to align with MI’s core mandate. The triple circle symbolises the globe and collaboration, while the shapes within the circles represent a turbine (for wind, tidal, hydroelectricity, etc.).

The new visual identity will be applied across all MI products, including this newsletter, presentation decks, and reports. MI members and partners have received a guidance package on how to apply the visual identity, along with templates for MI presentations and reports. We strongly encourage all members and partners to use the new visual identify to strengthen global recognition of MI.
Work is also underway to refresh the MI website with the new look and feel by early next year. For questions about the new visual identity, please contact the MI Secretariat.
Share your experience and ideas - global survey on gender in the renewable energy sector
One of Mission Innovation’s partner organisations, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is undertaking a global Gender and Renewable Energy survey, with support from The Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET), Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) and other institutions.

The findings from the survey will contribute to addressing the data and knowledge gap on gender in renewable energy and inform policy-making to ensure that the energy transition is inclusive and benefits from a wider pool of talent. The findings will be integrated into the forthcoming IRENA report on Gender and Renewable Energy.  The survey should only take 10 minutes to complete and it is available in English, Arabic, Spanish, Chinese and French.
Mission Innovation 2020 Solutions booklet – showcasing innovation in clean energy technologies
One of the technologies showcased in the MI 2020 Solutions booklet has won Richard Branson’s Extreme Tech Challenge 2018. The Australian blockchain-for-energy start-up Power Ledger (page 12 of the MI 2020 Solutions booklet) was awarded the prize at a pitching competition earlier this month. The Power Ledger platform enables electricity metering, big data acquisition, rapid micro transactions and grid management at an unprecedented granular scale. This allows value to be derived from investment in distributed energy resources.

Power Ledger co-founder and chair, Dr. Jemma Green and Power Ledger co-founder and technical director, John Bulich
You can also read about significant innovations in the transport decarbonisation in the MI 2020 Solutions booklet, including:
  • ChargeFlex software, developed by Norway’s eSmart Systems, to improve exploitation of the grid and increase the charging capacity for electric vehicles (page 66).
  • An auto insurance data platform, from Enerfy™ in Sweden, that produces fuel savings, reduces claim costs by 40% and CO2 emissions by 17% by changing behaviour (page 67).
Find out more about these technologies and discover innovations in Smart Grids & Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Fuels, Buildings, Industry and Innovative Financing in the Solutions booklet.
Clean energy innovation headlines
  • The UK and Canada are jointly offering over £11 million to develop the best smart energy systems, including grids and storage, for the needs of the 21st century. The Power Forward Challenge is looking for innovators from any sector who can bring disruptive technologies or new thinking to develop clean, robust and flexible power grids and energy systems that anticipate and meet the needs of networks around the world, looking ahead to 2030 and beyond. 
  • SENER (Mexico’s Secretary of Energy) has announced that four European institutions, Robert Gordon University (UK), Aberdeen University (UK), Imperial College London (UK) and the IFP School (France), have been selected to work with Mexican universities to address the future needs of the country's energy sector. The collaboration will include carbon capture, utilisation and storage projects aligned with Mission Innovation’s Carbon Capture Innovation Challenge (IC3).
  • In a recent interview with the Climate-Knowledge and Innovation Community (EIT Climate-KIC), the Founder and Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London highlighted the need to shift focus from filling investment gaps to creating new trajectories for ambitious low-carbon innovation. Mariana Mazzucato states that “a missions-led approach should be at the heart of efforts align the economy with climate and sustainability goals.”
  • The International Energy Agency, one of Mission Innovation’s partner organisations, has launched a newsletter called “The Energy Mix”. It includes the latest IEA data, insights and analysis. Click here to subscribe to the newsletter.
20/11/18 to 21/11/18 - 11th Strategic Energy Technology Plan conference, Vienna (Austria)
With the targets for 2030 for renewables and energy efficiency agreed, agreement on the other parts of the Clean Energy Package on the horizon, and the discussion on the EU's long-term contribution to the Paris Agreement being launched with the 2050 strategy, the SET-Plan conference will not be short of topics to discuss.

21/11/18 to 23/11/18 - 4th deep-dive workshop for the Smart Grids Innovation Challenge, Rome (Italy)
The workshop brings together experts, industry leaders and Mission Innovation representatives to discuss how this emerging technology can help accelerate the growing capacity of renewable energy generation in electricity grids. The workshop will also conclude with a public event, highlighting the challenges and solutions for smart grid implementation through Mission Innovation collaboration.

28/11/18 8.30 am UTC and 3.30 pm UTC - Webinar on insights and implications from IRENA’s Innovation Week 2018
IRENA Innovation Week 2018 inspired and informed decision makers from around the world by showcasing the latest developments in enabling technologies, business models, system operation and market design that are enabling a renewable powered future. On this webinar hear about the insights and implications, be guided towards more detailed information and find out how to engage in IRENA’s follow-on work.

03/12/18 to 14/12/18 – COP24, Katowice (Poland)
The conference is expected to finalise the rules for implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change under the Paris Agreement work programme. It will also include a number of high-level events, mandated events, action events and roundtables.
Mission Innovation 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 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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