The Breakthrough Agenda Report 2023 assesses the impact of international collaboration in accelerating the transition to clean technologies and sustainable solutions in key sectors. It was prepared by the International Energy Agency, the International Renewable Energy Agency, and the UN Climate Change High-Level Action Champions at the request of world leaders.
This second report in the series assesses progress over the past 12 months against the recommendations made in the inaugural Breakthrough Agenda Report across five key sectors – power, hydrogen, road transport, steel and agriculture. The authors use this assessment to inform their advice for governments, businesses and civil society on actionable next steps to strengthen collaboration in and across the major emitting sectors, updating the recommendations wherever necessary. The guidance spans finance, research and development, demand-side adoption, supporting infrastructure and public engagement.
This year, the report includes two more sectors – cement and buildings – in which new breakthroughs will be vital to help strengthen collaboration. With the addition of these sectors, the Breakthrough Agenda would cover more than 60% of global emissions.
The Breakthrough Agenda was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in November 2021 and now has 50 signatory countries, representing around 80% of global economic output. The countries committed to work together this decade to scale and speed up clean technologies and sustainable agriculture solutions, making them accessible for all. This report is designed to track and support progress towards that aim ahead of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly and the COP28 Climate Change Conference in Dubai in late 2023.