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In this edition of the Mission Innovation (MI) newsletter, we report on the recent gathering of MI members in Santiago and plans for the Ministerial meeting in May.
During the Gathering, MI members were pleased to welcome Renu Swarup from the Ministry of Science & Technology in India and Robert Andrén from the Swedish Energy Agency as Vice-Chairs of the MI Steering Committee (photographs below).
Additionally, the refreshed MI website was launched in Santiago, and if you haven’t already done so, we invite you to take a look.
Furthermore, in this edition you can read about MI member activity at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos and the plans for a new heating and/or cooling concept, the “Comfort Climate Box”.

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.
Successes and solutions shared in Santiago
MI member representatives met in Santiago, Chile, at the end of January 2019 to assess progress towards delivering the MI Action Plan, to discuss how to advance key initiatives to deliver real impacts and to plan for the 4th MI Ministerial in Vancouver in May. Find out more here.
Family photograph from the MI gathering in January 2019 
The countdown has started to #CEMMI2019, only 83 days to go!
As part of the recent MI Gathering in Santiago, Chile, MI members endorsed the Ministerial Planning Team’s proposed structure for MI-4 and provided valuable feedback on programmatic elements, helping to further refine a comprehensive, meaningful and engaging Ministerial programme.  Read more here.

The Vancouver Convention Centre, the venue for MI-4
The 4th Industrial Revolution meets the Clean Energy Revolution
Davos is the annual opportunity for world leaders to talk about the future. This year, the theme was Globalization 4.0:  shaping a new architecture in the age of the fourth industrial revolution. Mission Innovation brought its valuable experience to the debate on the challenges created by the innovation-driven economy and the unprecedented pace of technological transformation.

Turning those challenges into opportunities can in fact radically change the energy system, address climate change and contribute to a more fair, sustainable and liveable planet for all. Find out more here.
Comfort Climate Box concept begins to take shape
The “Comfort and Climate Box” is a new heating and/or cooling concept, integrating energy transformation, storage and control. It was initially conceptualised during the first workshop of Mission Innovation, Affordable Heating and Cooling of Buildings Innovation Challenge 7 (IC7), in Abu Dhabi, in November 2017. The concept is being developed in collaboration with the International Energy Agency. Find out about the recent steps towards the Box becoming a reality and how you can get involved.
Announcing Mission Innovation’s new website!
We are very pleased to officially launch the refreshed MI website! The new look incorporates our new visual identity and has been built to continue to grow with MI. We hope you will enjoy it!

In the lead-up to MI-4, we will be reaching out to members for help updating the content of the website, such as member and Innovation Challenge pages. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, we invite members to start reviewing the current content and think about what they would like to update. We are currently working to redirect broken links to the new pages – please bear with us during this period of adjustment.
MI communications metrics
The MI Twitter account finished the month of January 2019 with over 52K impressions, up from 44K in December. The account also gained 121 followers during this period.

The MI website was used by over 4,900 users for a total of 18,300 page views. India was the country with the most views followed by the US, Canada and the UK. The busiest cites were London, Ottawa and Brussels.
Mission Innovation 2020 Solutions booklet – showcasing innovation in clean energy technologies
Read about significant innovations in buildings in the MI 2020 Solutions booklet, including:
  • The UK Government is funding a £25 million programme, known as Hy4Heat, to explore whether hydrogen could replace natural gas and enable reuse of the existing gas network to deliver low carbon energy (page 79).
  • As part of a demonstration conducted in Lyon (France) Toshiba and Bouygues have constructed the positive energy complex HIKARI which generates more energy than it consumes by using a range of cutting edge technology. This is in partnership with Japanese government agency New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and Grand Lyon, France (page 75).
Find out more about these technologies and discover innovations in Smart Grids & Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Transportation, Fuels, Industry and Innovative Financing in the Solutions booklet.
Clean energy innovation headlines
  • On 28th February the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, announced the selection of eight projects to receive nearly $24 million in federal funds for cost-shared research and development for Novel and Enabling Carbon Capture Transformational Technologies. The scope of these projects aligns with the scientific challenges and knowledge gaps identified in the DOE ministerial-level Mission Innovation report, Accelerating Breakthrough Innovation in Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage.
  • IRENA’s new report “Innovation landscape for a renewable-powered future: Solutions to integrate variable renewables”, was launched in Brussels on 19th February 2019.
  • Also on 19th February, the IEA launched its innovation web portal. The aim of the portal is to provide actionable insights for policymakers, companies, investors and others to accelerate progress towards cleaner energy.
  • The World Economic Forum wants to hear what young people think about the changing face of energy generation. Will young generations be the ones to solve climate change or can governments and businesses do it alone? Their Youth Perspectives on Energy Transition survey is now open.  
  • On 6th February, Breakthrough Energy released a report that explores how the U.S. can be at the forefront of a global clean energy transition by building on its strong tradition of collaboration along the entire chain of energy innovation – from basic research to deployment.
  • The UK’s Carbon Trust has announced a call to industry to respond to a Request for Information to inform the scope of a new industry competition as part of its Offshore Wind Accelerator. This latest competition will aim to accelerate the development and uptake of new technologies with the potential to reduce emissions and fuel consumption in offshore vessels.
  • The Global Cooling Prize, featured in the September 2018 MI newsletter, is now open for applications. The preliminary application deadline is June 2019, find out more here.
14/03/19 – One Planet Summit, Nairobi (Kenya)
While Africa is responsible for only 4% of global greenhouse-gas emissions, 65% of the African population is considered to be directly impacted by climate change. This first regional edition of the One Planet Summit will therefore highlight the unique role of Africa as a global partner facing both challenges and opportunities, in particular in the field of innovative solutions for adaptation and resilience.

02/04/19 to 04/04/19 – Mission Innovation’s 2nd International Conference on sustainable biofuels, Yantai (China)
The conference will focus on the topic "Sustainability, Innovation, and Connectivity for Biofuels". With presentations and discussions addressing technical and economic research, results, policies, strategies and business matters related to research, development, and innovation in sustainable biofuels, the Conference aims to improve biofuels innovation capacity and strengthen cooperation among the
Sustainable Biofuel Innovation Challenge (IC4) members.

06/05/19 to 10/05/19 – Mission Innovation Austria Week 2019
Organised by BMVIT and Climate and Energy Funds, together with the City of the Future Innovation Laboratory (, Mission Innovation Austria Week will bring together Austrian and international innovation leaders, thought leaders and the designers of the energy solutions of tomorrow.
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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