11.11.2022

The Breakthrough Agenda

The Breakthrough Agenda was launched at COP26 by a coalition of 45 world leaders, whose governments collectively represent over 70% of global GDP. It is an unprecedented international clean technology plan to help keep 1.5°C in reach. It provides a framework for countries, businesses and civil society to join up and strengthen their actions every year in key emitting sectors, through a coalition of leading public, private and public-private global initiatives.

Leaders agreed at COP26 to review progress annually and explore priority international actions needed to accelerate towards the Breakthroughs informed by an annual independent expert report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and UN High Level Champions.

The inaugural Breakthrough Agenda Report 2022 was published in September, warning that an “international collaboration gap” threatens to delay net zero by decades. The authors made recommendations to strengthen collaboration between governments, business and civil society in areas such as common standards, technology R&D, trade, and improving technical and financial assistance.

The Breakthrough Agenda at COP27

At COP27, countries responded to these recommendations with a package of 28 Priority Actions to decarbonise the power, road transport, steel, hydrogen, and agriculture sectors, in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

We welcome countries to contact Breakthrough.Agenda@beis.gov.uk if they are interested in endorsing the Breakthrough Agenda and supporting any of the Priority Actions under the Breakthrough Agenda sectoral goals.

Power Breakthrough

To make clean power the most affordable and reliable option for all countries to meet their power needs efficiently by 2030. Full details of the priority actions and what will be delivered before COP28 are here.

Countries supporting at least one of the Power Breakthrough Priority Actions: Australia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Canada, European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America

Road Transport Breakthrough

To make zero-emission vehicles the new normal by making them accessible, affordable, and sustainable in all regions.

Full details of the priority actions and what will be delivered before COP28 are here.

Countries supporting at least one of the Road Transport Priority Actions: Australia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Canada, European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, Guinea-Bissau, India, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Republic of Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom

Steel Breakthrough

To make near-zero emission steel the preferred choice in global markets, with efficient use and near-zero emission steel production established and growing in every region by 2030.

Full details of the priority actions and what will be delivered before COP28 are here.

Countries supporting at least one of the Steel Priority Actions: Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Canada, European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, Guinea Bissau, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, Spain, Sweden, Türkiye, United Kingdom, United States of America

Hydrogen Breakthrough

To make affordable renewable and low carbon hydrogen globally available by 2030.

Full details of the priority actions and what will be delivered before COP28 are here.

Countries supporting at least one of the Hydrogen Priority Actions: Australia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Canada, European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, Guinea Bissau, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America

Agriculture Breakthrough

To make climate-resilient, sustainable agriculture the most attractive and widely adopted option for farmers everywhere by 2030.

Countries that have endorsed the Agriculture Breakthrough goal: Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Morocco, Nigeria, Sweden, United Kingdom

Full details of the priority actions and what will be delivered before COP28 are here.

Countries supporting at least one of the Agriculture Priority Actions: Cambodia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Morocco, Nigeria, Sweden, United Kingdom

Breakthrough Agenda Signatories

As of 11 November 2022, the following countries have endorsed the Breakthrough Agenda: Australia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Belgium; Cabo Verde; Cambodia; Canada; Chile; China; Denmark; Egypt; European Commission; Finland; France; Germany; Guinea Bissau; Holy See; India; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Japan; Kenya; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Malta; Mauritania; Morocco; Namibia; Netherlands; New Zealand; Nigeria; North Macedonia; Norway; Panama; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Senegal; Serbia; Slovakia; Spain; Sweden; Türkiye; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; United States of America.


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