1.5oC Compatibility Framework


The 1.5 C Compatibility Initiative is aligned with Mission Innovation’s Delivering the Action Plan 2018-2020 and aims to support efforts to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as per the Paris Agreement and the IPCC 1.5 C special report. This includes the development of an avoided emissions framework that provides guidance for how to quantify the potential for clean energy innovations to reduce emissions in society.

It supports investors and funders to identify those system solutions and technologies that have significant ability or potential to contribute to reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in society, so called “avoided emissions”.

To accelerate emission reductions, companies cannot only be driven by cost and risk reductions, but must also use their capacity for innovation to deliver the solutions that we need. Hence, solutions providers need the tools and credibility to be able to demonstrate their positive impacts in society. The framework is developing, implementing and launching an initial set of tools to achieve this aim.

The framework is supporting an accelerated uptake of disruptive solutions by supporting increased transparency regarding actual and potential GHG reductions, making it easier to identify, support and invest in the next generation of solution providers.


  1. 100 cases presented at MI-4 in 2019. The solutions will each have the potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 10 million CO2e or more by 2030 and/or be of strategic importance
  2. 1000 cases presented at MI-5 in 2020 using the second draft of the framework for assessing avoided emissions
  3. Development of framework for assessing avoided emissions in collaboration with key stakeholders and two Mission Innovation initiatives:
    • Clean Energy International Incubation Centre, led by India
    • Promotion of disruptive innovations through public-private procurement partnership, led by Sweden
  4. Support in establishing international initiatives to accelerate the uptake of sustainable solutions with capacity to calculate positive impacts, e.g. International Clean Energy Incubators and procurement challenges for clean energy

Supporting the deliverables:

  • A web platform where different groups can sign-up as supporters and to test the framework, with a count-down function to MI-4 and later MI-5 for the 100 and then 1000 solutions that have used the framework
  • A webtool to help guide stakeholders (solution providers, investors and users/supporters) to shift from only focusing on reducing emissions in existing structures to accelerating a new generation of solutions
  • 10 key stakeholders that are globally relevant in support of the framework by MI-4 2019 and 100 by MI-5 2020
  • An avoided emissions tool for cities and government agencies, e.g. a “calculator” where countries can see the potential of, as well as the actually delivered, avoided emissions that have been enabled by smart solutions
  • A framework to measure, categorise and possibly rank companies and other stakeholders based on their contribution and support for a rapid zero-carbon transition
  • A comparison between traditional linear models and a transition approach with regards to zero carbon scenarios. This will use a disruptive back-casting approach for 1.5°C scenarios

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