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NEDO and METI Hold Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF)

October 7, 2016

On October 5 and 6, NEDO and the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) held the third annual "Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF)" in Tokyo, Japan.

ICEF aims to address climate change issues by promoting and accelerating innovation in the energy and environmental areas through discussions and information sharing among prominent scientists, policymakers, and business leaders from around the world. The forum was proposed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and is scheduled to take place in Japan every year from 2014.

Taking into account the Paris Agreement reached at COP21, the main theme of this year's annual meeting was achieving net zero anthropogenic CO2 emissions. The speakers and participants had active discussions on the desirable direction of future innovation and the importance of technology development over the mid- to long-term to make greenhouse gas reduction possible. More than 1,000 participants from about 80 countries and regions enjoyed the presentations and discussions involving about 100 distinguished speakers, including Mrs. Akie Abe, spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan.

  • Mrs. Akie Abe, spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan, giving an opening address
  • Plenary Session
  • A concurrent session
  • NEDO Chairman Kazuo Furukawa giving closing remarks