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NEWSLETTER - JULY 2019
In this edition of the Mission Innovation (MI) newsletter, we focus on the exciting updates and initiatives announced at the 4th Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI-4) in Vancouver at the end of May.

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Impact and ambition at the 4th MI Ministerial in Vancouver 
At the 4th Mission Innovation Ministerial meeting (MI-4) on 28 May, MI members announced new projects and collaborations that will push clean energy research and innovation forward with the aim of bringing affordable, reliable clean energy to communities around the world. Our first impact review, ‘MI: The Story So Far’ showcased the numerous activities that members have delivered as a result of Mission Innovation, including increasing annual investments by $4.6B USD and initiating 59 new international collaborations.  
The MI Country Highlights 2019 published at MI-4 is the best single source of information about individual member priorities, initiatives and investments in clean energy innovation over the past year. MI further expanded its network into Africa by welcoming Morocco as its newest member, introduced the MI Champions, organised an active youth leaders programme and held discussions between governments and business leaders. Read more about the exciting announcements at MI-4 here.
Pushing MI forward, insights from the outgoing Chair
Frank Des Rosiers (right), from the Department of Natural Resources in Canada, took on the role of MI Steering Committee chair at the 3rd Mission Innovation Ministerial in Malmo in May 2018. In this article he reflects on the achievements of the past year and the role of MI in the global effort to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future. Read Frank's thoughts here.
Innovations with potential to avoid 3 gigatonnes CO2e per year by 2030 
The 1.5 degree Compatible Solution Framework will enable public and private investors to identify the technologies that have the greatest potential to tackle climate change. 100 global innovations with the combined potential to avoid almost 3 gigatonnes CO2e per year by 2030 were showcased at MI-4. Read more about the Framework and find out about the innovations here.
19 MI Champions introduced at Ministerial meeting
The MI Champions programme celebrates exceptional researchers and innovators who are inventing the clean energy products and services of the future or discovering the science that underpins them. The inaugural cohort of 19 Champions were selected from across MI member countries, through a rigorous process and were announced at the 4th MI Ministerial in Vancouver. Over the next year these Champions will work with MI to raise the profile of clean energy around the world. Read more about the Champions here.



Mission Innovation Champions
New MI Breakthroughs added to the portfolio
MI Breakthroughs, first launched at MI-3, features a collection of over seventy cutting-edge innovations emerging from MI members’ investments that have the greatest potential to significantly accelerate the delivery of clean and affordable energy by 2020. Over 25 MI Breakthroughs have been submitted by MI members in 2019 to date. These were reviewed by experts from MI members including Austria, Canada, Chile, China, the European Commission and Norway. The latest MI Breakthroughs include:
Clean energy innovation headlines
  • The UK launched an £8 million funding Call to support Innovation Challenge 7’s goal to decarbonise the heating and/or cooling of buildings. Projects involving MI members are welcome.
  • In their recently released World Energy Investment report the IEA reported that global energy investment stabilised last year at more than $1.8 trillion.
  • The IEA released their Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report highlighting that more people have access to electricity than ever before, but the world is falling short of its sustainable energy goals.
  • At the request of the government of Japan under its G20 presidency, the IEA has produced a landmark report, The Future of Hydrogen, to analyse the current state of play for hydrogen and to offer guidance on its future development.
  • The IEA's Energy Technology Innovation Partnerships report sets out the initial analysis that is part of the IEA's work to map and analyse energy technology innovation efforts, facilitate communication, and foster strategic engagement across platforms and mechanisms.
  • Bill Gates has published his second blog in a series on climate change and energy innovation. focuses on electricity generation and opportunities for decarbonization. The post highlights how key innovations – in areas like long duration storage – can complement existing, currently deployable technologies to build a path toward net-zero emissions. 
FORTHCOMING EVENTS
30/07/19 - Time for Innovation on our way to COP 25, Santiago, Chile and online
RISE and Corfo's (Corporación de Fomento de la Producción) Solar and Energy Innovation Committee have worked together to apply MI’s 1.5 degree Compatible Solution Framework to five Chilean projects. The results of this activity will be presented at a seminar “Time for Innovation on our way to COP 25”, on 30 July at 9:00 AM in Santiago de Chile. The seminar will be streamed in English and Spanish. The next Call from Start Up Chile, which seeks to accelerate innovation projects and will have a special focus on clean energy technologies will be launched at the seminar. It is expected that this activity will help identify new innovation initiatives to be added to the Chilean project portfolio to be presented at the COP25 in December. For more information contact Viviana Huerta.

09/09/19 to 12/09/19 - World Energy Council Congress, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The triennial World Energy Congress enables dialogue amongst Ministers, CEOs, policy-makers and industry practitioners on critical developments in the energy sector, with over 150 countries represented. The Congress offers an opportunity for participants to better understand energy issues and solutions from a global perspective.

23/09/19 - United Nations Climate Summit, New York, USA
The Summit will bring together governments, the private sector, civil society, local authorities and other international organizations to develop ambitious solutions in six areas: a global transition to renewable energy; sustainable and resilient infrastructures and cities; sustainable agriculture and management of forests and oceans; resilience and adaptation to climate impacts; and alignment of public and private finance with a net zero economy.

02/12/19 to 13/12/19 - Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC, Santiago, Chile
Chile will host COP 25 at the Ciudad Parque Bicentenario, a 250 hectares urban project area where the former Santiago International Airport used to be located. 
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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