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In this edition of the Mission Innovation (MI) newsletter we report on the MI member activity at COP24 in Poland, the work of the Smart Grids Innovation Challenge including a recent workshop in Rome and opportunities for innovators and young people to get involved in the fourth Mission Innovation Ministerial in Canada in May 2019.

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COP24: a clear road ahead towards the Paris Agreement goals
At COP24 in Katowice. Poland, world leaders were urged to take action and listen to the wake-up call in the IPCC’s 1.5°C report. With its strong presence in a wide-range of events and echoing the 1.5°C report core message, Mission Innovation contributed to keeping innovation high on the political agenda, stressing the importance of clean energy innovation in achieving the Paris Agreement goals. Find out more here.

Dr Julia Knights speaks at the "Mission Innovation and the role of clean energy innovation in pursuing efforts towards 1.5°C" event at COP24 
Industry participation central to success of Smart Grids workshop
Stakeholders from the public and private sectors convened in Rome in November for the fourth Smart Grids Innovation Challenge Workshop. The event included the first Smart Grids Innovation Challenge Industry Workshop and the launch of the Smart Grids Innovation Accelerator (SGIA). The SGIA platform will encourage the development and upgrading of smart grids by sharing results from pilot projects and consolidating best practice. Find out more here.

Commitment to Mission Innovation highlighted in Rome
Strengthened partnerships for accelerated deployment of CCUS
At the International Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) Summit in Edinburgh (UK) on 29th November 2018 delegates identified strengthening multilateral initiatives, such as Mission Innovation, as a priority. Delegates also recognised the value of expanding participation from industry, financial services and non-governmental organisations whose support is critical to the accelerated deployment of CCUS. The Summit confirmed that the private sector is ready and able to deliver CCUS if it can operate within a well-understood fiscal, policy and risk-allocation framework. Read more about the event and its conclusions here.

Ministers, CEOs of major energy companies and the financial community gathered in Edinburgh
Innovation showcase at the fourth Mission Innovation Ministerial
Canada, as host of the Tenth Clean Energy Ministerial and fourth Mission Innovation Ministerial (CEM10/MI-4), will be incorporating a unique aspect to the events with the addition of an Innovation Showcase, which will include an exhibit floor and an Innovation Theatre.  This addition is an exciting new component of the programme, providing an opportunity to highlight global clean energy innovation and cultivate commercial networks across MI countries, advancing the global transition to a clean energy future.

The Innovation Showcase exhibit floor provides an opportunity for international exhibitors to showcase their cutting-edge clean tech innovations and ideas, gaining exposure to energy Ministers, corporate leaders, investors, civil society and media from around the world.  This year’s Ministerial Planning Team is working with the Business and Investor Engagement Sub-Group to recommend companies from around the world who could be interested in participating. If you would like to make a recommendation, please contact the Business and Investor Engagement Sub-Group. Please contact Will Broad to enquire about exhibiting.
Youth Leaders Forum at Ministerial
We are pleased to inform you that Canada has partnered with Student Energy to deliver a Youth Leaders Forum alongside the Tenth Clean Energy Ministerial and fourth Mission Innovation Ministerial (CEM10/MI-4).

This is an incredible opportunity for young people, aged 18 to 30, to engage with clean energy leaders from around the world, and to connect with leading minds in the global clean energy transition. You can find the Call for applications on the Student Energy website. We invite you to share this link with your networks, to reach as many young clean energy leaders as possible. The deadline for applications is January 6th, 11:59pm (Pacific Standard Time).
If you are interested in assisting with the recruitment or selection of youth from your country or would like to be engage with the parallel Youth Leaders Forum at CEM10/MI-4, please contact Eduardo Lopez at Student Energy.
Mission Innovation 2020 Solutions booklet – showcasing innovation in clean energy technologies
You can read about significant innovations in fuel technology in the MI 2020 Solutions booklet, including:
  • A demonstration project to produce sustainable aviation fuel from lignocellulose. The innovative technology had been developed by the Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion and Chinese Academy of Science. The alternative aviation fuel is produced from corn or sorghum stalks using a series of catalytic conversion processes (page 50).
  • SYNLIGHT – The world’s largest artificial sun. With a 350-kilowatt array, Synlight produces solar radiation 10,000 times more intense than at the Earth’s surface. Temperatures at the target point of the lamps can reach up to 3,000 degrees Celsius. Researchers use these temperatures to manufacture fuels including hydrogen (page 58)

SYNLIGHT (© Markus Hauschild)
Find out more about these technologies and discover innovations in Smart Grids & Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Transportation, Buildings, Industry and Innovative Financing in the Solutions booklet.
Clean energy innovation headlines
  • Applications can now be submitted by clean energy start-ups to join @EnergyLabAU's Accelerator programme. The EnergyLab Accelerator is a year-long program to supercharge clean energy start-ups. If accepted, entrepreneurs receive training, connections to our network of investors, mentors and partners, and assistance in raising capital. Start-ups must be based in one of a list of Australian cities but applicants do not need to be Australian. The deadline for applications is 3rd February 2019.
  • On 28 November 2018, the European Commission presented its strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate-neutral economy by 2050. The strategy shows how Europe can lead the way to climate neutrality by investing into realistic technological solutions, empowering citizens, and aligning action in key areas such as industrial policy, finance, or research – while ensuring social fairness for a just transition.
  • 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.
17/01/19 to 18/01/19 - Expert workshop on preparation for the Comfort & Climate Box, Utrecht (Netherlands)
The International Energy Agency (IEA) Heat Pump Technology Collaboration Platform (TCP) and the IEA Energy Storage TCP have organised a workshop to finalise the objectives, scope and activities of the new Work steam on the Comfort and Climate Box. Details, including the registration form, can be found here.

22/01/19 to 25/01/19 - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos (Switzerland)
The heads and members of more than 100 governments, top executives of the 1,000 foremost global companies, leaders of international organisations and relevant non-governmental organisations, the most prominent cultural, societal and thought leaders, and the disruptive voices of the Forum’s Young Global Leaders, Global Shapers and Technology Pioneers come together at the beginning of each year to define priorities and shape global, industry and regional agendas.

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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