Mission Innovation (MI), with support from the World Economic Forum (WEF), will hold a joint public–private sector meeting on 12 September in Mexico City—one of a series of MI and WEF events taking place in 2017. Additional MI and WEF meetings are planned for Geneva, New York, and China. These sessions are building towards senior leadership events at the World Economic Forum’s annual Davos event in January 2018, the 3rd MI Ministerial meeting in Copenhagen and Malmo in summer 2018, and the 4th MI Ministerial in Canada in 2019.
MI and WEF announced in June this year that they would cooperate to accelerate clean energy innovation by identifying and delivering ways to enhance public–private working through engagement, knowledge sharing, collaborative programmes, and investments.
MI seeks to accelerate innovation to make clean energy widely affordable. This global initiative aims to mobilise public- and private-sector efforts to achieve breakthroughs in performance and cost-effectiveness while ensuring societal acceptability. While MI is led by 23 member governments, private sector partners are critical to its mission. Businesses are primary sources of innovative ideas for breakthroughs, enhanced technologies, services, and business models. Private sector leaders comprise the key investors in the commercialisation and global deployment of clean energy solutions. Delivering on the promise of the Paris Agreement calls for enhanced public and private cooperation to increase investment and accelerate progress at all stages of the clean energy innovation chain.
The Mexico meeting, hosted by the Mexican Ministry of Energy, is part of the large-scale Energy Futures Dialogues (DEMEX) event in Mexico City, 12 and 13 September. DEMEX is expected to attract international high-level attendees both from industry and government and comprises 13 large energy-related events.
Objectives for the Strategic Dialogues on Effective Public Private Cooperation
- Boost the level of ambition for public–private sector cooperation and identify the ‘sweet spots’ for public–private partnerships that will significantly accelerate clean energy innovation.
- Improve mutual understanding between public and private actors around MI cooperation.
- Identify practical impactful approaches to strengthen cooperation, and scope an ambitious strategy for public–private engagement and investment in support of the objectives of MI and its 7 Innovation Challenges.
- Scope activities, milestones, and expected outputs for MI partnership activities with the private sector through 2021.
Private-sector participants are expected to be at Chief Technology Officer level or the equivalent; public-sector attendees will be at senior official level, with responsibility for shaping national strategies in clean energy innovation.
Click here for additional information, including a draft agenda. Please note that attendance at the meeting is by invitation only.