Hitachi-UTokyo Lab:Workshop on “Mission Oriented Innovation Policy and Climate Change”

  • Date:
  • Time:
    10:30-12:00 (JST)
  • Location:
    Conference room, 2nd Floor, Sanjo Conference Hall, The University of Tokyo (Hongo)
  • Host:

    Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo
    Hitachi-UTokyo Lab WG3

  • Co-host:

    Science, Technology and Innovation Governance (STIG) Program, The University of Tokyo

  • Language:

    English/Japanese (Simultaneous interpretation available)

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Dr. Neville Reeve, Former Head of Sector – Missions, Policy & Programming Centre Unit, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

Title and abstract

Developing EU Net Zero Missions: Implications for the Policy Cycle and Lessons for Development

Mission Oriented Innovation Policy for Net Zero has developed in many countries, and the OECD has documented 101 missions launched since 2018. In the EU, five missions were started in 2021 under the Horizon Europe Programme, four of which have green or Net Zero objectives. These support an ambitious EU agenda for a 55% net reduction of greenhouse gases by 2030 and Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions for EU countries as a whole by 2050. The EU’s Green Deal is the overarching policy which brings together many separate programmes and actions.
This lecture will present first how the policy cycle of the EU’s missions is characterised by 8 distinct steps (political intention, legitimation, legal policy framework, governance, design, launch, evaluation) and review some of the future challenges.
Second, each of the four green deal missions will be described, with common points of reference identified.
Third, drawing conclusions, the policy cycle for EU missions will be contrasted with what is presented as the standard model; the relationship with fit between EU missions policy and transformational innovation policy will be presented and; the EU’s experience of the Net Zero missions will be linked to wider lessons documented in new work carried out by the OECD.
Finally, a reflection on policy options for the continued development of the EU’s existing or possible new missions will be presented.


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