Find out more about the Net-Zero Industries Mission.



The Co-leads: This Mission is co-led by Austria and Australia

  • Australia: Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
  • Austria: Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology


Core Mission Members:

  • Canada, Natural Resources Canada
  • China, Ministry of Science and Technology
  • European Commission, DG Research and Innovation
  • Finland, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
  • Germany, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
  • Republic of Korea, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy
  • United Kingdom, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


Mission Support Group:

  • The United States, Department of Energy


Key Mission Sponsors and Partners:

  • Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)
  • Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)
  • Clean Energy Ministerial Industrial Deep Decarbonisation Initiative (IDDI)
  • Heavy Industry Low-carbon Transition Cooperative Research Centre (HILT CRC)
  • The International Energy Agency (IEA) Technology Collaboration Programme on Industrial Energy-related Technologies and Systems (IEA IETS)
  • The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • The Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT)
  • Mission Possible Partnership (MPP)
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • World Economic Forum (WEF)
  • World Steel Association (worldsteel)
  • Worley


Mission Director:

Elvira Lutter, Program Manager at the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund

Global Mission Coordinator:

Dr. Alan Monaghan, Senior Vice President – Technology and Expert Solutions at Worley



The Net-Zero Industries Mission is focused on unlocking emission reductions through demonstrations and cooperation across energy intensive and hard-to-abate industries such as steel, cement, chemicals and refining.

Net-zero emissions is a global challenge. Innovation will be most effective if countries are able to share some of the high development and investment risks. The Mission is:

  • Increasing, connecting and helping to align both national and multinational RD&D efforts into a challenge driven initiative
  • Driving novel technology cooperation to reduce “time to market”
  • Joining forces with existing networks, organisations and platforms to raise awareness, alignment, and create knowledge and confidence in the use of innovative solutions.


The Heavy Industry Challenge

Energy intensive industries are responsible for around 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Research and Development, Demonstration and Deployment (RDD&D) over the next decade is critical for industry to develop and validate industrial processes and technologies that enable radical emissions reductions at lowest costs.

Current investment from industry is falling behind the rate of change required to meet global emission targets for 2030, let alone 2050.

Immediate action is required if we are to make a positive change in industry understanding, confidence and investability of decarbonisation technologies in time for 2030.



Together the actions of Mission members and partners will ensure that key technical solutions  are developed and demonstrated by 2030, to enable an effective and efficient decarbonisation of energy intensive industries by 2040, across multiple regions of the world.

Together, the members have:

  • Developed a joint roadmap and Mission Action Plan: members agreed on the joint roadmap and worked together to publish an Action Plan that outlines the national and international effort needed over the next decade to achieve the Mission’s goal.

In addition, each member commits to:

  • Work within one or more pillar areas: nominate focus areas to provide insights, resources, and project examples to add to the collective knowledge base of the Mission under an agreed knowledge sharing framework.
  • Large investments in RD&D projects (to fund demonstration projects & others): members will contribute to RD&D activities by providing funding commitments to relevant innovation areas, leveraging co-investment from the private sector.


“The development and accelerated deployment of breakthrough technologies are prerequisites for decarbonizing heavy industry and for achieving climate neutrality. I am delighted that, together with Australia as co-lead, alongside a significant number of Mission Innovation members, we will be working together to make the Net-Zero Industries Mission possible. “

Leonore Gewessler, Austrian Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology


The Net-Zero Industries Mission will accelerate the development and deployment of emissions reduction technologies in industry, crucial to reaching net zero by 2050. We are excited to co-lead this Mission and work together with our international partners. Australia brings to the Mission world-leading expertise from researchers and private sector in renewable energy and industry innovation.

Chris Bowen MP,  Australian Minister for Climate Change and Energy


“To reduce emissions and fight climate change, it is imperative that we develop and deploy clean technology, especially in heavy and hard to abate industries. Through initiatives like the Net-Zero Industries Mission, we can align both national and multinational efforts to scale up emerging technologies, share best practices, and implement low-carbon solutions across our economies. I look forward to working with member countries to make real progress towards achieving our climate goals.”

 Jonathan Wilkinson, Canadian Minister of Natural Resources


“Finland has prepared sectoral climate roadmaps showing the way of various industries towards climate neutrality. Finland is committed to the Net -Zero Industries Mission.”

Mika Lintilä, Minister of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland