On May 23, 2018, the Third Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI-3) took place in Malmö, Sweden with the aim to accelerate the pace of innovation and make clean energy widely affordable.
Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative of 22 countries and the European Commission (on behalf of the EU) partnering to revitalize and accelerate clean energy innovation with the objective of making clean energy more widely affordable. At the Third Mission Innovation Ministerial in Malmö, the international community discussed actions to enhance public and private investment and collaboration on clean energy research and innovation.
Significant progress and new funding
Significant progress has been made by members through the initial five-year commitment to MI. An additional $4 billion of public sector funding in clean energy innovation has been invested since 2015; nearly forty new international research and innovation partnerships initiated; and the MI Champions programme was launched to recognize change-making innovators. MI members were also pleased to welcome Austria as the 24th member of MI and to announce enhanced cooperation with both the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
New Action Plan for 2018-2020:
The 3rd Mission Innovation Ministerial meeting marks the halfway point in Mission Innovation’s initial five-year commitment. The Action Plan sets out four goals with a number of ongoing and proposed key activities that will benefit from international collaboration:
- Goal 01
A substantial boost in public-sector investment in clean energy R&D at the national level of MI members.
- Goal 02
Increased private sector engagement and investment in energy innovation, particularly in key Innovation Challenges.
- Goal 03
Many new or strengthened voluntary cross-border networks and partnerships on energy innovation, greater engagement from innovators, and accelerated progress in addressing specific Innovation Challenges (IC).
- Goal 04
Greater awareness amongst MI members and the wider clean energy community of the transformational potential of energy innovation, the progress being made, and the remaining critical clean energy innovation gaps and opportunities.
Heat Pumping Technology on the Agenda
– “Comfort & Climate Box”
The Project “Comfort & Climate Box” is found within the Mission Innovation Challenge #7, Affordable Heating and Cooling of Buildings. The aim with the project is to construct a solution that can be used by various types of residential buildings all over the world. For this to succeed the solution has to be smart, efficient and reliable. And maybe most important of all: it has to be affordable. The “Climate Box” is a cooperation between HPT TCP and ECES TCP and is going to be led by HPT TCP.
The Third Ministerial was co-hosted by the European Commission, together with Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Nordic Council of Ministers and the next MI Ministerial will be hosted by Canada, Vancouver in May 2019.