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[Updated] COP23 Events with participation from the ICEF: ICEF regional meeting and our latest roadmaps on CO2 Utilization and Energy Storage

Posted by ICEF December 13, 2017 ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team
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Updated: December 13

On November 14, the latest ICEF Roadmaps, CO2 Utilization 2.0 and Energy Storage, were released at side events of COP23 held in Bonn, Germany.

ICEF develops roadmaps to share visions and facilitate discussions for the development and dissemination of innovative low carbon technologies. This year, two roadmaps drafts of CO2 Utilization 2.0 and Energy Storage were presented and discussed as global industry-academia-government initiatives during the ICEF 4th Annual Meeting held in October 2017, and thereafter have been reviewed and revised taking into account the discussions during the annual meeting.

At the release event, David Sandalow, the chair of the ICEF roadmap project, and other authors introduced the outline of the final version of the roadmaps. Also, Hoesung Lee, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), David Turk, Acting Director, Directorate of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, International Energy Agency (IEA) and other experts discussed the roadmaps and desirable innovations, while sharing the insights and expectations received during the ICEF 4th Annual Meeting.

1. ICEF Event at COP23

Special Event for the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF): 
 Driving Innovation for Net-Zero Emissions through Key International Activities

Hiroyuki Suematsu

Makoto Watanabe

Panel discussions

David Sandalow, Eija-Riitta Korhola, and Georg Erdmann (from the left)

Kazuhiko Hombu, Dolf Gielen, and Tony Fullelove (from the left)

Date: 12:30-13:45, November 14, 2017
Venue: Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion, COP23 in Bonn, Germany
Language: English

Program

1. Opening Remarks Hiroyuki Suematsu, Director-General, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan Video
2. Introduction of ICEF activities Makoto Watanabe, Special Adviser, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) Video
3. Introduction of ICEF2017 Statement Eija-Riitta Korhola, Delegate of the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change; Adviser in the EU affairs Video
4. Panel Discussion Panelists: Video
David Sandalow (Moderator), Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University
Eija-Riitta Korhola, Delegate of the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change; Adviser in the EU affairs
Georg Erdmann, Professor, Berlin University of Technology
Kazuhiko Hombu, Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo
Dolf Gielen, Director of the Innovation and Technology Center, IRENA
Tony Fullelove, Program Director of Sustainable Energy Transformation and Microgrid Project, Monash University

Discussions and key messages

・To achieve net zero CO2 emissions, the government should set an ambitious goal on CO2 emissions reduction and also implement regulation policies that will facilitate the private sector’s activities. The governmental goal should not be changed in a short time but rather be a stable and reliable one.

・To stabilize the governmental policies on climate change, not only the political approaches but also the industrial ones are crucially important. As some policies tend to follow innovation led by the private sector, the key lies in the industrial sector’s approaches. One of the best practices on this is the sectoral approaches, which were performed before and should be refocused now.

・Technologies required for achieving net zero CO2 emissions vary according to the length of the term. For a short-term development, large scale renewables integration will be the key technology. For a medium-term development, transport electrification and geothermal power. And for the long-term prospects, CCS will be one of the key technologies. In addition, required technologies should be considered taking into account well-balanced energy mix.

2. Roadmap Launch Event at COP23

Release: November 14, 2017

ICEF2017 Roadmaps: CO2 Utilization 2.0 and Energy Storage

Addressing Climate Change Issues through Innovation
 - Release Event of the Roadmap Developed by Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) -

Masaki Ogushi

Hoesung Lee, on special speech

Makoto Watanabe

David Sandalow

Julio Friedman

Atsushi Kurosawa

Panel discussions

Date: 17:45-19:00, November 14, 2017
Venue: Japan Pavilion, COP23 in Bonn, Germany
Language: English

Program

1. Opening Remarks Masaki Ogushi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Video
2. Special Speech Hoesung Lee, Chair, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Video
3. Introduction of ICEF activities Makoto Watanabe, Special Adviser, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) Video
4. Official Launch of ICEF2017 Roadmaps ◆CO2 Utilization Roadmap 2.0 Video
presented by:
David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University
Julio Friedman, Distinguished Associate, Energy Future Initiative
◆Energy Storage Roadmap Video
presented by:
Atsushi Kurosawa, Director, Global Environment Program Research and Development Division, The Institute of Applied Energy
Panelists: Video
David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University
Atsushi Kurosawa, Director, Global Environment Program Research and Development Division, The Institute of Applied Energy 
David Turk, Acting Director, Directorate of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Eija-Riitta Korhola, Delegate of the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change; Adviser in the EU affairs

Discussions and key messages

・Net zero CO2 emissions through technology innovations are the key elements to achieve the Paris Agreement goal.

・International collaboration for innovation and prompt actions are also indispensable.

・ICEF roadmaps provide important information on research and development status and milestones as well as policy measures.

・CO2 utilization technologies can be applied to building materials, commodity chemicals and carbon materials.

・Energy storage is essential technology to realize a low-carbon energy system in the power systems, transportation and heat utilization.

・More government funds for energy-related R&D and more international collaborations in R&D are needed.

・Roles of ICT and digitalization and expectations toward ICEF were also discussed.

tag Energy Storage Emerging Technologies Transport & Mobility Cement 

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