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Mission Innovation

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Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative of 24 countries and the European Commission (on behalf of the European Union) working to accelerate global clean energy innovation. 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. Learn more about MI.

"Canada is proud to be a partner in this ambitious global initiative. By working together, we will deliver real benefits for our environment while also strengthening our economy, including through the creation of more middle class jobs."

– Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Canada’s vision

Mission Innovation members

MI is composed of 25 members: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, the European Commission (on behalf of the European Union), Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Mission Innovation goals

How Canada delivers

Double public investment in clean energy research, development and demonstration (RD&D) over five years.

  • Commitment to double federal government investment in clean energy RD&D over five years, from C$387 million in 2014-2015 to C$775 million in 2019-2020.
  • Canada is on track to meet this doubling commitment.

Increase international collaboration on clean energy RD&D.

  • Participates in all eight Innovation Challenges (ICs).
  • Co-leads IC4: Sustainable Biofuels and IC6: Clean Energy Materials.

Encourage private sector engagement in, and funding of, clean energy RD&D.

  • One of five MI members collaborating with the Breakthrough Energy Coalition.
  • Hosted MI’s Clean Energy Financing Event at Globe Forum (March 2018).
  • Hosted a MI Webinar for Canadian stakeholders (November 2016).

Increase awareness of the potential of energy innovation, progress made and the remaining gaps/opportunities.

  • Hosted the fourth MI Ministerial (MI-4) in Vancouver May 27-29, 2019.
  • One of 21 MI members participating in the MI Champions Program, recognizing and supporting the next wave of energy technology leaders.  Canada’s Champions include Sean Monkman of CarbonCure Technologies (2019 Champion), and Phil De Luna of Canada’s National Research Council (2020 Champion).

Canada's role in MI

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  • Leader
    • Leads the Communications workstream
    • Co-leads the Analysis and Joint Research Sub-Group
  • Participant
    • Supports the Secretariat
    • Member of the Steering Committee
    • Participates in the Ministerial Planning Team
    • Supports the Ideas and Innovators workstream
    • Supports the Business and Investor Engagement Sub-Group
    • Participates in the Beyond 2020 workstream

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On May 27-29, Canada hosted the fourth MI Ministerial (MI-4) in Vancouver, British Columbia in conjunction with the tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10), where Energy and Technology Ministers from around the globe discussed the future of clean energy.

Canada’s role in MI’s Innovation Challenges (ICs)

MI's ICs are global calls to action aimed at accelerating RD&D in technology areas that could provide significant benefits in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy security and creating new opportunities for clean economic growth. Canada participates in all eight ICs and co-leads two of them.

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