Accelerating clean energy innovation

On Monday, Norway, together with 19 other countries, launched the Mission Innovation in Paris during COP21. The initiative aims to boost the development and dissemination of clean energy solutions.

Mission Innovation is an initiative taken by the governments of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States of America. Combined, the countries represent over 80 percent of global clean energy research and development investment.

Clean energy innovation is an indispensable part of an effective, long-term global response to our shared climate challenge. Accelerating widespread development and use of such technologies is necessary to provide sustainable, affordable and reliable energy for all and to promote economic growth. It is also critical for energy security. While important progress has been made in cost reduction and deployment of clean energy technologies, the pace of innovation and the scale of transformation and dissemination remains significantly short of what is needed.

Our effort needs to be of a scale we have not seen before in history. This is why we have decided to launch Mission Innovation. Norway is a country rich in energy resources and with a history of developing and using innovative energy technologies and solutions. I believe Norway must play our part in the Mission, says Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tord Lien.

Norway has always given high priority to the development, use and transfer of sustainable energy systems. Mission Innovation will put us on a faster route to the point where our economies will grow, we can secure energy access for all, while at the same time curbing global emissions of greenhouse gases.

Norway has experience to share, and is willing to put the needed resources into the effort. The Government will seek to double the already considerable public resources devoted to developing and deploying clean energy technologies and solutions by 2020.