Mission Innovation

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Mission Innovation
TypeGlobal alliance
FocusClean energy R&D
Area served

Mission Innovation is a global initiative to accelerate public and private clean energy innovation to address climate change, make clean energy affordable to consumers, and create green jobs and commercial opportunities.[1]


It was announced by Bill Gates at COP21 on 30 November 2015, on stage with President Obama, President Hollande[2] and Prime Minister Modi.[3]

At the launch, 24 countries committed to double their respective clean energy research and development over the five years to 2020. For the US Department of Energy, this translates into an additional $4 billion by the end of 2020.[4] The countries include the five most populous (as at 2015): China, India, the United States, Indonesia, and Brazil. All 20 launch partner countries represent 75 percent of the world's CO2 emissions from electricity, and over 80 percent of the world's clean energy R&D investment.[1]

Its link to private sector investment is via the Breakthrough Energy Coalition group of private investors, also spearheaded by Bill Gates and which formed in parallel at COP21.[5]


Several of Mission Innovation's aims are compatible with those of Global Apollo Programme, announced earlier in 2015. What Mission Innovation's lacks in comparison, at least at launch, is a clear, dated, target; and a committee to co-ordinate research efforts across the globe and to identify successful opportunities.[6]

Technology focus[edit]

The initiative is open in its focus and will, according to Gates, "pursue literally dozens and dozens of paths".[5]

Several example technologies were mentioned at the launch of the initiative: biofuel, carbon capture and storage, airborne wind turbines, nuclear fission and nuclear fusion.[7]

Gates has also mentioned the potential of liquid hydrocarbons being produced from sunlight via artificial photosynthesis (solar fuel) by 2025.[6][8]

Participating countries[edit]

The following are founder members:[9]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Announcing: "Mission Innovation"". The White House. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  2. ^ Chhabra, Esha. "Bill Gates Rallies With Tech Leaders To Launch A Multi-Billion Dollar Energy Fund". Forbes. Forbes, Inc. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  3. ^ "PM Modi attends Mission Innovation event hosted by President Obama". Narendra Modi: official site. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  4. ^ Moniz, Ernest (30 November 2015). "Government, private sector need to invest in clean energy". The Boston Globe. Boston Globe Media. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  5. ^ a b Clarke, Melissa; Phillips, Sara (1 December 2015). "Mission Innovation: Bill Gates behind drive to tip billions into clean energy research". ABC News. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  6. ^ a b Clark, Pilita (30 November 2015). "November 30, 2015 4:55 pm COP21: Gates fund to back development of liquid hydrocarbons". The Financial Times. Nikkei Group. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  7. ^ Cheadle, Bruce (30 November 2015). "COP21: Trudeau pledges $300-million-a-year commitment to clean energy technology". Metro. Metro International. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  8. ^ Wallace, Bruce. "Gates Joins Big Wigs in Paris to Push Clean Energy Initiative". Scientific American. Nature Publishing Group. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  9. ^ "FACT SHEET: Mission Innovation". Office of the Press Secretary. The White House. Retrieved 30 November 2015.