Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Indian Minister Science & Technology and Earth Sciences led an Indian delegation to the Mission innovation Ministerial at San Francisco. At the inaugural Mission Innovation (MI) Ministerial, ministers from all Mission Innovation partner countries released their respective governments’ plans to double clean energy research and development funding over five years – [www.missioninnovation.net]. Ministers also welcomed the European Commission on behalf of the European Union as the 21st partner.
MI was announced on November 30, 2015 by the leaders of 20 countries that have a shared desire to accelerate global clean energy innovation during COP 21in Paris in the presence of Hon’ble Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi. The ‘Mission Innovation’ (MI) is an effort to accelerate public and private global clean energy innovation, expecting the participating countries doubling their respective clean energy research and development investment.
India is a founding Member of the Steering Committee and also a Member of the two sub-groups: Joint research & Capacity Building and Private Sector Engagement. Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology is coordinating the national efforts towards Mission Innovation.
During the meeting, Minister Harsh Vardhan announced India’s current investment ($72 million) and doubling plan ($145 million) in Clean Energy Research by formal announcement on new joint collaborations with Mission Innovation Countries was also made by the Hon’ble Minister.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, also emphasized India’s commitment to pursue a green path to growth through research led innovations. India has launched a number of collaborative R&D efforts to pursue research in solar energy, energy efficiency, advanced biofuels, electrical transmission and storage with US, UK, Australia, Norway, South Korean and many other countries. Minister of Science & Technology announced about expanding India’s collaboration with UK through setting up a Joint virtual Clean Energy Centre to address the challenges to intermitting solar energy and launching a new Research Track on Smart Energy Grids and Energy Storage under Indo-US PACE-R ( Partnership to Advance Clean Energy- Research)