Assessing the transformative potential of mission-oriented innovation policies for meeting Net Zero targets

19 January 2022 15:00 (GMT)
19 January 2022 16:30 (GMT)

Many countries have set up ambitious GHG reduction targets, often with the long-term goal to become climate-neutral by 2050 or before, and some of them are implementing various types of mission-oriented innovation policies to contribute to meet these targets. The aim of this ‘Panel discussions’ session is to gather representatives of different relevant policy communities (policy research and analysis, international and national policy making) in a structured framework in order to collectively reflect upon the transformative potential of different types of mission-oriented innovation policies (MOIPs).

The main questions that are addressed in this session are the following:

– To what extent can different types of MOIPs be used to engage a wide set of actors to develop the kinds of transformative policy and undertake collective action necessary to achieve net zero objectives?
– What are the prevailing external (e.g. overall strategic and policy context for net zero) and internal (e.g. design and funding features) conditions to exploit the ‘transformative potential’ of MOIPs?
The ‘Panel discussions’ session will consist of:
– An introduction setting out the main questions and the framework that is used to compare the different missions that aim to reduce GHG emissions, based on an ongoing OECD project.
– Presentations of four missions aiming to reduce GHG emissions
– An interactive session with the audience using an online whiteboard application to co-define the contextual enablers and barriers to transformative missions, and the design principles of transformative missions

Ref: # 30

Policy and governance for transformative change
Transformative Missions


Philippe Larrue
Philippe Larrue is working as policy analyst at the Directorate for Science Technology and Innovation (DSTI). He currently manages several projects in relation to innovation policy to address societal challenges, notably the study into the design and implementation of mission-oriented innovation policies (MOIPs) and a project on the role of research and technology organisations for sustainable transitions. He also regularly leads or contributes to OECD Innovation Policy Reviews (Malaysia, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Norway, Portugal, Kuwait, Korea). He joined OECD in 2011 as internal evaluator. He has led and implemented several evaluations of OECD committees and horizontal initiatives and contributed to revise the organisation’s methodology and process. Prior to joining OECD, he was Director of the French office of Technopolis Group, a leading consulting and evaluation company in the area of research, innovation and economic development policy. After his PhD in economics, Philippe led research positions at the University of Bordeaux, INSEAD Business School (Fontainebleau) and Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI, Tokyo).
Rebecca Santos
Ms. Rebecca Santos currently works for the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Formerly, her work in the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation focused on issues such as innovation management and the governance and practice of innovative policy implementation in complex systems. Currently, as part of the OECD STI Country Reviews team, her work focuses on the design and effective implementation of mission oriented innovation policy. Prior to joining the OECD, Rebecca held senior advisory roles in the New South Wales state public service in Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English and a Master of Arts (Research) in political science from the University of Sydney.
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