Mission Innovation, made up of 23 national governments and the European Union announced plans to deliver 221 demonstration projects in a hope to accelerate clean energy technologies in the hardest to abate sectors this decade.

Under the plans, the 100 Clean Hydrogen Valleys are hoped to drive down the cost of clean hydrogen, as well as stimulating significant clean hydrogen capacity.

The announced Mission Innovation plans also include:

50 large-scale demonstration projects to decarbonise energy-intensive industries such as steel, cement, and chemical by 2050.
Five continental demonstrators to integrate up to 80% variable renewable energy into existing electricity grids by 2024, and later integrating 100%.
Six countries commit to funding at least one project that removes over 1,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year by 2025.
The creation of a blueprint for zero emission refuelling ports for global shipping by 2024, to accelerate the development of 10 large ports on three continents on major shipping routes to supply zero emission fuel by 2030.
Establishment of a first cohort of 50 cities, expanding to 300 by 2024 to take a lead in delivering Net Zero.

The plans come off the back of a report by the UNFCCC Climate Champions, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and the International Energy Agency (IEA), found that the world remains off track to meet global climate goals.

The Breakthrough Agenda Report 2022 stressed the need for greater international cooperation and coordination to rapidly and deploy the technologies needed to meet Net Zero targets.

Mission Innovation says its 24 members, including the US, China, India, UK, and EU, represent 95% of global public investment in clean energy innovation, and their investments and collaboration will accelerate the innovation needed to scale clean technologies.

The European Commission in January 2021 launched the Hydrogen Valley Mission Innovation Platform, a collection of insights into the most advanced and ambitious hydrogen valleys globally.

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“Research and innovation will propel the clean energy transition that is more needed than ever,” said Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission. “Together with our EU member states, we expect ‘Team Europe’ to make a leading contribution to our shared ambition of investing more, faster, and bolder in breakthrough energy innovation demonstration projects.”

John Kerry, US Special Envoy for Climate, commented, “Mission Innovation has a critical role to play in achieving our collective climate and clean energy goals by facilitating the international collaboration required to maximise these investments and accelerate clean energy research, development, and demonstration.”

Dr. Faith Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, added, “There are promising signs that today’s energy crisis is speeding up clean energy technology progress, and could catalyse the transition to a more sustainable and secure energy system. Stronger international collaboration through Mission Innovation, with its focus on key emitting sectors, will be truly important. The IEA will continue to support Mission Innovation across all its endeavours.”