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In this edition of the Mission Innovation (MI) newsletter, we cover the exciting plans for the 4th Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI-4) taking place in Vancouver at the end of this month and the recent activity of the newest MI Innovation Challenge, Renewable and Clean Hydrogen (IC8).

You can find the latest news on the MI-4 programme and Heads of Delegations attending on the event website.                     

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Investors to meet promising entrepreneurs from around the world 
Mission Innovation and the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN), are excited to host the Clean Energy Investment Forum, as a side event to MI-4 in Vancouver. Investors from around the world attending will learn first-hand about innovative clean energy projects in low- and middle-income countries.  Find out more here.

Bringing New Perspectives on Innovation to MI
Diversity is one of the four themes of the CEM10/MI-4 Ministerial, with women, youth, and diverse populations (i.e. Indigenous, rural, remote) bringing new perspectives to the discussions. Delegates will engage with members of the Youth Leaders Forum and exceptional researchers and innovators from around the world who have been selected to participate in the Ministerial. Read more about the plans here.

The Vancouver Convention Centre, the venue for MI-4
“Hydrogen Valleys”: demonstrating the power of Hydrogen
IC8 members are identifying focus areas where global research and innovation effort is likely to generate the most impact in the short term. The “hydrogen valleys” concept, a geographical area – a city, a region, an island or an industrial cluster - where several hydrogen applications are combined together into an integrated hydrogen ecosystem, will be one of the focus areas.

IC8 workshop attendees at the Port of Antwerp
The consumption of a significant amount of hydrogen and the coverage of the entire value chain in the “Hydrogen Valley” will offer a pathway for scaling up and making this technology a viable solution and will showcase the sectorial integration capability of hydrogen. Read more about the plans here.
MI communications metrics
The MI Twitter account finished the month of April 2019 with over 85K impressions, up from 82k in March. The account also gained over 100 followers during this period, and now counts over 3,600 subscribers.

The MI website saw a small increase in users from 5,498 in March to 5,823 in April.  The number of sessions (visits) also increased slightly to 7,805 from 7,508 last month. 
Clean energy innovation headlines
  • The IEA released their second annual report on global energy trends highlighting that energy demand worldwide grew by 2.3% in 2018, its fastest pace this decade, thanks to a strong global economy and higher demand for heating and cooling.
  • On 13th March the World Bank announced $22.5 billion finance in for Africa for climate adaptation and mitigation for the five years from 2021-2025. This more than doubles the commitment to climate-related projects over the last five years.
  • 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.
12/06/19 to 14/06/19 - 12th Strategic Energy Technology Plan Conference, Bucharest, Romania
The 12th SET Plan Conference will be held at the Politehnica University of Bucharest and will be merged with the external ENVE (Environment, Climate change and Energy) Commission and Conference from the European Committee of the Regions, where more than 120 EU local and regional leaders are working on environment, climate change, energy and space policies.

15/06/19 to 16/06/19 - G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth, Karuizawa, Japan
This gathering is one of eight ministerial meetings taking place in Japan alongside the 2019 G20 Summit.

19/06/19 to 20/06/19 – CCUS Mission Innovation Workshop, Trondheim, Norway
Mission Innovation’s Carbon Capture Challenge organises a workshop held back-to-back with the TCCS-10 Conference in Trondheim (17-19 June 2019) to ensure continued progress in the direction of full-scale implementation and commercialization of CCUS technologies.

24/06/19 - IEA 4th Annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency, Dublin, Ireland
High-level participants from more than 50 countries are expected to attend this event. A particular focus of this year’s event will be the impact of digitalisation on energy efficiency, and lessons learned from leaders around the world.
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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