jumps to contents

  • Home>
  • Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF)

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF)


ICEF Official Website

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, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Ministry of the Environment.

Annual Meeting

Meeting The main theme of the fifth annual meeting of ICEF in 2018 was "Driving Green Innovation." More than 1,000 people from about 70 countries or regions participated and engaged in active discussions at the forum.
 In 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.
 In concurrent sessions, the world's leading experts engaged in discussions on topics in specific fields, including "Hydrogen," "Growing Renewable Energy and Grid Stabilisation," and "Biorefinery." In addition, new topics looking at social system innovation were addressed, such as "Smart Consumers," "SDGs for Business Activity," and "Fintech for Climate Change." ICEF's Steering Committee, composed of 17 members from 11 countries, released a statement regarding what kind of actions should be taken with high priority in order to promote technological and social innovation in the energy and environmental fields.
 The sixth annual ICEF meeting is scheduled to be held in Tokyo on October 9 and 10, 2019. Further information about the meeting program and registration procedures will be available on the ICEF website around June 2019.

Summaries of ICEF 2018 are available below

Roadmap Project

Roadmap To 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 2018, roadmap addressing the topic of Direct Air Capture of Carbon Dioxide was discussed during the side event of the annual meeting and draft roadmap for this topic was presented at the closing session. The roadmap was subsequently revised to reflect the outcomes of discussions at ICEF and reviews by experts, and final version was presented at a side event of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) held in Katowice, Poland.
 This roadmap explored the portfolio of NETs in under 2 degree C scenarios, DAC technologies and their status, long-term goals for DAC (e.g. economic viability, ensuring net CO2 removal from the use of DAC and CO2 utilization, role of renewable electricity, RD&D targets) and policy support.

Roadmaps available on the ICEF official website:

ICEF Top 10 Innovations

exhibitionRemarkable technology developments and business models announced in the past 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:


5th meeting:

4th meeting:

3rd meeting:

2nd meeting:

2nd Featured Article: The Energy and Environmental Technology Version of the Davos Forum Opens: ICEF 2015 Report


Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and NEDO


Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and Ministry of the Environment

Contact us:

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

When sending us email, please replace “[a]” with the “@” symbol.

Last Updated : June 4, 2019