News: India has established the partnerships with the key countries and is playing a key role through knowledge generation and innovations in the areas of Biotechnology and allied disciplines including, energy, water, health, which are global challenges. Hence, India has emerged as a key mover of global S&T partnerships in critical areas. Major missions have been launched by Department of Science & Technology, Department of Biotechnology and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
- Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative of 24 countries and the European Commission (on behalf of the European Union) working to reinvigorate and accelerate global clean energy innovation with the objective to make clean energy widely affordable.
- MI was announced at COP21 on November 30, 2015, as world leaders came together in Paris to commit to ambitious efforts to combat climate change.
- Accelerating clean energy innovation is essential to limiting the rise in global temperatures to well below 2˚C. The global community has made remarkable progress in driving down the costs and increasing the use of key clean energy options. However, these impressive gains are still insufficient to meet our long-term climate goals while providing affordable, reliable and secure energy supplies. In support of these efforts, members launched MI in 2015 with the following goal:
- In support of economic growth, energy access and security, and an urgent and lasting global response to climate change, our mission is to accelerate the pace of clean energy innovation to achieve performance breakthroughs and cost reductions to provide widely affordable and reliable clean energy solutions that will revolutionize energy systems throughout the world over the next two decades and beyond.
Building on this, at the 3rd MI Ministerial in 2018, Ministers endorsed a number of key initiatives and activities to deliver the Action Plan through to 2021.
Substantial boost in public sector investment
- The 24 MI members represent more than 80 percent of global clean energy RD&D budgets. Key activities linked to this goal include:
- Annual member updates:MI will continue to publish an annual Country Book highlighting the strategies, activities and public-sector investments (including increments to MI baselines and progress towards the doubling commitment) implemented by members to advance clean energy innovation.
- Strengthen public and private sector RD&D data:MI members will work with collaborating organisations, including the IEA and IRENA, to strengthen the collection of data and to facilitate improved tracking of clean energy public sector and private sector RD&D investment data at a national and global level.
Increased private sector engagement and investment
- The private sector plays a vital role in the commercialization and cost-effectiveness of clean energy breakthroughs. Entrepreneurs, investors and businesses drive innovation from the laboratory into the marketplace. Activities that MI and members are undertaking to strengthen private sector engagement include:
- Framework for assessing avoided emissions: MI will launch a framework to support investors and funders in identifying those system solutions and technologies that have significant ability, or potential, to contribute to reduced greenhouse gas emissions in society, so called avoided emissions.
- Collaboration with external organisations: MI will continue to work with external organisations, particularly the World Economic Forum and Breakthrough Energy Coalition, to maximise engagement with the private sector to progress impact towards our shared goals.
Increasing international collaboration
- To help focus members’ resources on the most promising paths, MI fosters collaboration to share lessons learned, reduce duplication of effort, and combine complementary strengths.
- International collaborations:MI encourages members to form bilateral and multilateral initiatives. New international clean energy RD&D collaborations that MI countries have engaged in since the launch of MI are tracked through Country Book submissions.
- Innovation Challenges: MI members participate in MI’s Innovation Challenges, initiatives that aim to increase collaboration on topics identified as key to advancing the clean energy innovation agenda.
- Several MI initiatives aim to build the excitement and momentum needed to accelerate the clean energy innovation.
- Clean energy innovation on the global agenda:MI highlights the importance of clean energy innovation and the work of MI through proactive participation at key events, online and through social media and targeted press opportunities.
- Supporting ideas and innovators: MI will work with members to celebrate clean energy RD&D achievements and the innovators who are leading the way towards a sustainable future.
Assess progress in key clean energy technology areas: MI will analyse indicators currently used by international organisations to track the technical and economic progress of clean energy technologies and will adapt or expand them in order to assess global innovation progress in key technology areas of interest to MI.