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Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF)


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The Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) is an annual international meeting to discuss measures for accelerating innovation in the energy and environmental fields with a view to resolving climate change issues. Leading experts from industry, academia, and government around the world participate in the meeting to promote discussions and collaboration through the integration of their collective wisdom. The forum was established on the initiative of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and its annual meeting has been held in Tokyo during October since 2014. ICEF is hosted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), and co-hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Environment.

Annual Meeting

Meeting  The main theme of the fourth annual meeting of ICEF in 2017 was “Further Exploration of Innovations Toward Achieving Global Net-Zero Anthropogenic Emissions of CO2.” More than 1,000 people from about 80 countries or regions participated and engaged in active discussions at the forum.
  In plenary sessions, discussions took place on major challenges and strategies with regard to accelerating innovation from a broad perspective. Leading experts and prominent figures delivered speeches or participated in panel discussions on issues such as the roles of business and the marketplace, the creation of an environment for promoting innovation, and the future directions for innovation in achieving net-zero emissions of CO2.
  In concurrent sessions, the world’s leading experts engaged in discussions on topics in specific fields, including “Hydrogen and Fuel Cells,” “Managing Energy Supply and Demand,” and “Biofuels.” In addition, new topics looking at social system innovation from a longer-term perspective were addressed, such as “Utilizing Blockchain Technology in the Energy Sector,” “Materials Development,” and “Role of Diversity: Challenges for Climate Change.”
  In side events, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) unveiled its latest report on battery storage technologies and the International Energy Agency (IEA) provided a presentation that included a preview of its new study on digitization and energy.
  ICEF’s Steering Committee, composed of 16 members from 11 countries, released a statement addressed to the global community regarding topics such as the ultimate necessity of net-zero CO2 emissions, the importance of technology and social innovation, the important role of the industrial sector in accelerating activities toward CO2 emissions reduction, and the importance of disseminating industrial sector contributions to emissions reduction efforts.
  The fifth annual ICEF meeting is scheduled to be held in Tokyo on October 10 and 11, 2018. Further information about the meeting program and registration procedures will be available on the ICEF website around June 2018.

Summaries of ICEF 2017 are available below:

Roadmap Project

RoadmapTo share ideas and deepen discussions among the world’s experts in industry, academia, and government with regard to the development and dissemination of innovative low-carbon technologies, ICEF roadmaps have been created since 2015, led by an ICEF Steering Committee member, Mr. David Sandalow, former Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy.  In 2017, roadmaps addressing the topics of CO2 utilization and energy storage were discussed during concurrent sessions of the annual meeting and draft roadmaps for these topics were presented at the closing session. The roadmaps were subsequently revised to reflect the outcomes of discussions at ICEF and reviews by experts, and final versions were presented at a side event of the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23) held in Bonn, Germany.  CO2 utilization technology is expected to play an important role in creating a low-carbon society. It was first addressed in an ICEF roadmap developed in 2016, and is further discussed in the 2017 roadmap entitled Carbon Dioxide Utilization (CO2U) ICEF Roadmap 2.0, which focuses on three fields: concrete and carbonate materials (near-term market), commodity chemicals (near- and medium-term market) and durable carbon materials (small market today but potentially large long-term market). The roadmap discusses the central importance of life cycle analysis in analyzing the benefits of CO2U.  An energy storage roadmap was also developed which focuses on three categories: stationary electric energy storage technology (part of a portfolio for securing the flexibility of power grid systems); mobility electric energy storage technology (key to the introduction of electric power in the transportation sector); and stationary thermal energy storage technology (technology which enables the storage of renewable or thermal energy). The current situation and future targets for advanced batteries and other technologies attracting public attention have been arranged in chronological order, together with necessary technology support policies.

Roadmaps available on the ICEF official website:

ICEF Top 10 Innovations

exhibitionRemarkable technology developments and business models announced during the past 12 months are screened and placed on a list of nominees by ICEF Steering Committee members and experts. Nominees are screened from the perspective of their potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote technological innovation and so forth. The Top 10 innovations are finally selected from the list of nominees through a vote by participants at the ICEF annual meeting and announced at the closing session.

Top 10 Innovations selected at past ICEF meetings:


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Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and NEDO


Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of the Environment

Contact us:

ICEF Team, International Affairs Department, NEDO
Email: international[a]ml.nedo.go.jp

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Last Updated : August 22, 2018