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Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Held in Tokyo

October 12, 2018

On October 10-11, the fifth annual meeting of the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) was held in Tokyo, hosted by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

ICEF is attended by the world's leading experts from industry, academia, and government, and aims to encourage discussion and cooperation on addressing climate change issues through the promotion and acceleration of innovation in the energy and environment areas. The forum was established on the initiative of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and its annual meeting has been held in Japan since 2014.

This year's annual meeting was attended by more than 1000 people from about 70 countries or regions, with about 90 experts providing presentations. During the plenary sessions, the ultimate goal of achieving net-zero CO2 emissions was reaffirmed and in-depth discussions took place on business-led technological innovation toward decarbonization as well as social innovation involving industry and consumers.

To raise awareness of worldwide best innovative practices in the energy and environment areas, ICEF Top 10 Innovations, selected from about 200 cases, were announced at the conclusion of ICEF.

  • Video message from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
    Video message from Prime Minister
    Shinzo Abe
  • Panelists at a plenary session
    Plenary session
  • Presentation being given at a concurrent session
    Concurrent session
  • NEDO Chairman Hiroaki Ishizuka giving closing remarks
    NEDO Chairman Hiroaki Ishizuka
    giving closing remarks