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09.11.2021

New Mission Innovation Missions

22 Governments and the European Commission, collaborating through Mission Innovation, today committed to four new ‘Missions’ to catalyse investment to accelerate technologies to facilitate urban transitions, eliminate emissions from industry, enable carbon dioxide removal and produce renewable fuels, chemicals, and materials. Combined with three Missions first announced in June 2021, on power systems, hydrogen and shipping, they have the potential to unlock affordable decarbonisation pathways for sectors responsible for 52% of current global emissions.

Fully consistent with the Breakthrough Agenda, announced by world leaders on 2 November at COP26, Mission Innovation is a key platform for governments and the private sector to work together to develop and demonstrate clean technologies across multiple sectors. The aim is to use research, development and demonstration investments by government and the ingenuity of business and finance to make clean energy solutions more affordable, accessible, and attractive than their alternatives by 2030.

Urban Transitions Mission

The Challenge

Busy, dynamic and economically productive cities account for nearly three-quarters of global energy consumption. To meet our climate goals, national governments, local governments, the private sector, and civil society must quickly come together to develop, test, and widely disseminate low-carbon innovations for urban areas worldwide.

The Goal

By 2030, deliver at least 50 large-scale, integrated demonstration projects in urban environments around the world, providing a pathway for all cities to adopt net zero carbon solutions as the default option.

The Mission

We will drive research and innovation for net zero carbon urban systems and mobilise cities and national governments to develop and test innovative solutions. We will share our findings with cities around the world through (customisable) innovation and investment roadmaps and show that all aspects of modern life in large urban areas – including housing, transport, energy and materials access, production and consumption, and industry – can integrate reliable and affordable clean energy solutions.

Co-leads:

  • European Commission, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation 
  • Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) 
  • Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe

Core group members:

  • India, Ministry of Science and Technology 
  • Chile, Ministry of Energy / Energy Sustainability Agency 
  • Sweden, Swedish Energy Agency / Ministry of the Environment and Energy 
  • MI Innovation Community on Affordable Heating and Cooling of Buildings

Support group members:

  • Student Energy 
  • IEA (TCP on Empowering Cities for a Net Zero Future) 
  • WEF 
  • UNFCCC (Global Innovation HUB) 
  • EIT Climate KIC (Clean Cities project) 
  • UNEP / SE4All (UN Urban Energy Compacts) 
  • IRENA 
  • European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL)

Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) Mission

The Challenge

Modelling by the International Panel on Climate Change indicates that removal of 100 to 1,000 gigatonnes of CO2 this century may be needed to achieve deep decarbonisation and avoid exceeding the 1.5°C climate target. CDR technologies can complement ongoing efforts to mitigate emissions; however, further research and insights are needed to enhance our understanding of some CDR approaches, accurately quantify carbon removals, and reduce costs. 

The Goal

Enable Carbon Dioxide Removal technologies to achieve a net reduction of 100 millionmetric tons of CO2  per year globally by 2030.

The Mission

We will catalyse a global CDR industry by advancing research and development for CDR technologies (1), harmonising lifecycle analyses (LCAs) and technoeconomic analyses (TEAs), and facilitating near-term pilot-scale tests and deployment.

Co-leads:

  • United States of America, Department of Energy
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Ministry of Energy
  • Canada, Natural Resources Canada

Core members:

  • Norway, Gassnova

Supporting members: 

  • Australia, national Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) 
  • European Commission, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation 
  • Japan, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry 
  • India, Ministry of Science and Technology (DBT and DST)

Net Zero Industries Mission

Heavy industries like steel, cement, and chemicals, require extremely high temperatures and use massive amounts of energy. These three sectors are responsible for a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. These sectors also encounter high investment costs for process equipment with long payback periods and a lifetime of more than 20 years.

Unlocking emissions reductions at the end of their next refurbishment cycles could prevent nearly 60Gt CO 2 and help put industrial sectors onto a net zero emissions pathway by 2050. This Mission will be co-led by Austria and Australia, with further information published in 2022.

Biorefineries Mission

Heavy industries like steel, cement, and chemicals, require extremely high temperatures and use massive amounts of energy. These three sectors are responsible for a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. These sectors also encounter high investment costs for process equipment with long payback periods and a lifetime of more than 20 years.

To realise this potential and make bio-based alternatives cost-competitive, India and the Netherlands are leading the development of the Integrated Biorefineries Mission. More information will follow in 2022.