Reports/Opinions

Policy and Innovation for Energy and Climate Change: ICEF side-event at the Vienna Energy Forum 2017

  • Posted by Georg Erdmann
  • June 2, 2017

The side event on May 9, 2017 ICEF was organized in cooperation with NEDO and UNIDO under the title “Policy & Innovation for Energy and Climate Change”. ...

The 4th ICEF: New challenge of uncertainties

  • Posted by Nobuo Tanaka
  • February 1, 2017

The uncertainty we are now facing is described as "huge-beyond-reason (ijigen-no fukakujitsusei)" by Dr. KUBO Fumiaki of the University of Tokyo. He means the impacts of what will be implemented as "America First" policies by the US President Donald Trump to the global community could be beyond imagination. ...

ICEF INNOVATION ROADMAPS

  • Posted by David Sandalow
  • January 17, 2017

Last October more than 1000 people from around the world convened in Tokyo for the 3rd Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF). With participation from senior government officials, business executives and thought leaders, the conference has become an important forum for dialogue on ways to promote clean energy and protect the planet. ...

The 1st International Conference on Large-Scale Grid Integration of Renewable Energy in India successfully concluded

  • Posted by ICEF
  • October 16, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

The 1st International Conference on Large-Scale Grid Integration of Renewable Energy in India, endorsed by the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, was successfully concluded in New Delhi in September 2017. This international conference, addressing the challenge of the governmental goal to install 175 GW of renewable energy generation capacity in India by 2022, attracted more than 350 part...

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Platinum free catalyst for polymer electrolyte fuel cells was released

  • Posted by ICEF
  • September 29, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

Platinum is the essential metal for polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFC). It accounts for 40-45% of the total cost of PEFC. On 13th September 2017, Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. released carbon-based catalyst for PEFC, named "carbon alloy" and it is utilized in a 30W PEFC for mobile devices made by Ballard Power Systems Inc.. The new catalyst is used in the air electrode of the Ballard's PEFC stack and...

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61st IAEA General Conference was held at Vienna on 18-22 September 2017

  • Posted by ICEF
  • September 29, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

61st IAEA General Conference was held at Vienna on 18-22 September 2017. The General Conference takes place annually, giving an opportunity to all IAEA Member States to jointly consider matters related to the IAEA’s ongoing work, budget and priorities. Close to 2,500 participants attended this year’s event, including delegates from 157 of the IAEA’s 168 Member States, internation...

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GPIF selected three ESG indices

  • Posted by ICEF
  • September 29, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), Japan selected three ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) indices for Japanese equities and commenced passive investment tracking those indices. Investment heeding ESG factors is expected to enhance risk-adjusted return over the longer term. In choosing the ESG indices, GPIF emphasized that (1) “positive screening" that determines constituent c...

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IEA Side Event: Energy Technology Perspectives 2017 – Catalysing Energy Technology Transformations

  • Posted by ICEF
  • September 28, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

Mr. David Turk, the Acting Director of the IEA’s Directorate of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, will present the IEA’s flagship publication devoted to energy technologies, “The Energy Technology Perspectives 2017”. This year’s edition focuses on the increasing impacts of technological innovation on the energy sector, analysing the potential of an accelerated ...

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IRENA Launch Event - Battery energy storage: Facilitating the next phase of the energy transition

  • Posted by ICEF
  • September 28, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

Hear from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) about the latest developments in the costs and performance of battery electricity storage technologies and their market growth to 2030 in this side-event that will release IRENAs latest report Battery Electricity Storage: Costs and Markets to 2030. The report provides a comprehensive overview of the major energy storage technologies, with...

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UN Women and technology leaders launched Global Innovation Coalition for Change for accelerating transformative change in innovations

  • Posted by ICEF
  • September 22, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

UN Women launched the Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC), a partnership between UN Women and key representatives from the private sector, academia and nonprofit institutions. The GICC is a two-year period initiative and aims to accelerate transformative change in innovations in science, technology, policies, management and finance for working better for young women and girls. In the ba...

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7th High Temperature Solid Looping Cycles Network Meeting was a success

  • Posted by ICEF
  • September 22, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

The High Temperature Solid Looping Cycles Network is a networking organization under IEAGHG (IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme) aiming at promoting further development and scale-up of innovative processes for CO2 capture which involve solid looping cycles operating at elevated temperatures.  The research meeting among the members of the network takes place every other year.  This time...

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30 percent of Avinor’s aviation fuel could be sustainable by 2030

  • Posted by ICEF
  • September 15, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

A new report from Rambøll, international engineering company, shows that 30% or 400 million liters of all aviation fuel used at Avinor's airports could be sustainable by 2030. This fuel would be created from forestry waste and pulpwood from Norwegian forests. The main objectives of the report were to look at access to sustainable fuel and new, certified production technologies and to evalua...

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China initiated to develop a timetable for terminating production and sales of gasoline and diesel cars.

  • Posted by ICEF
  • September 15, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

U.K. and France have recently announced they would phase out vehicles using gasoline and diesel. China announced they would seek the same phase out of fossil-fuel-powered car on September 9, 2017 in International Forum on Chinese Automotive Industry Development in Tianjin. China promotes New Energy Vehicles policy including supportive measures for electric vehicles to mitigate local air pollutions...

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CTCN and GCF: Expanding Green Technology Assistance in Developing Countries

  • Posted by ICEF
  • September 8, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) are stepping up collaboration to accelerate the development and transfer of technologies for energy-efficient, low-carbon and climate-resilient development. This partnership is well illustrated through the GCF Readiness Programme that has approved funding to support the governments in advancing green technology initi...

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15th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization was held in Shanghai, China in July, 2017..

  • Posted by ICEF
  • September 8, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

The 15th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization was held in Shanghai, China from July 17th to 21st, 2017. Issues on CO2 as a green feedstock via reduction, CO2 as a building block via functionalization, CO2 capture and mineralization, CO2 as a working agent, and carbon budget, policy & strategies, were discussed. Approximately 400 scientists from more than 20 countries attended...

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Peer-to-peer trading of residential PV using blockchain technology to take place in China

  • Posted by ICEF
  • September 5, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

Solar Bankers Singapore is working with the Chinese blockchain technology company ShellPay to enable peer-to-peer trading of PV generation with blockchain technology, using Solar Banker’s own crypto-token SunCoin. The system under development, SunChain, connects residential PV devices through local microgrids. SunChain will contribute to a decentralized electricity system that is cleaner and...

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U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Rewards Integrated Computation Materials Engineering (ICME) Projects

  • Posted by ICEF
  • September 5, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced on JULY 12, 2017 that $19.4 million for 22 new cost-shared projects to accelerate the research of advanced battery, lightweight materials, engine technologies, and energy efficient mobility systems. Among the rewarded projects, two will research, develop, and use integrated computation materials engineering (ICME) techniques to develop low cost carbon ...

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G20 noted the work of “Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures”

  • Posted by ICEF
  • August 28, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

According to G20 Hamburg Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth, Annex to G20 Leaders Declaration, the industry-led Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures has completed work, which includes recommendations on voluntary disclosures of climate related financial risks by corporate. 

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IAEA report the possibility of expansion of nuclear power up to 2050

  • Posted by ICEF
  • August 25, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

On 7 August, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced the 2017 version of a report that describes the current status and future prospects of international nuclear power development. Despite a slowing trend in the recent few years, the report shows that the nuclear capacity may be as twice as the current level in the high case in 2050. The report analyses the factors which could infl...

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WHTC, a major international conference on hydrogen was held in Prague, Czech Republic

  • Posted by ICEF
  • August 9, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

WHTC (World Hydrogen Technology Convention) 2017 was held in Prague, Czech Republic on 9th-13th July, 2017. Over 500 people from all over the world attended the conference. 268 presentations about various themes, such as hydrogen production, storage, utilization, and supportive policies were held. There were also exhibition of hydrogen technology, such as fuel cell vehicle (Toyota MIRAI) and ...

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CO2 Injection by Japan CCS Exceeded 65,000 metric tons at the end of July.

  • Posted by ICEF
  • August 9, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

According to Japan CCS Co. Ltd, they re-started the CO2 injection at the Tomakomai CCS demonstration project site on 13 July after the scheduled shutdown. In this project, the CO2 injection has commenced since April, 2016, and is progressing very smoothly. At the end of July, the quantity of cumulative injected CO2 has reached 65,446.7 metric tons.

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International Energy Agency (IEA) released “Energy Technology Perspectives 2017 (ETP2017) – Catalysing Energy Technology Transformations” on June 6, 2017

  • Posted by ICEF
  • July 28, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

ETP2017 focuses on the opportunities and challenges in technologies of all energy sectors, and it also stresses scaling and accelerating the deployment of clean energy technologies. In the report, IEA regards storage technologies as a key enabler of electricity infrastructure in support of the transition to a low carbon society, and estimates that more than 450GW storage technologies are to be dep...

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The 10th Gender Summit: “Better Science and Innovation through Gender, Diversity and Inclusive Engagement” was the main theme

  • Posted by ICEF
  • July 28, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

The Gender Summit 10 – Asia Pacific 2017 was held in Tokyo on May 25-26,2017. Presentations and panel discussions took place in the Plenary Sessions under the themes such as “Female Researchers Tackling Global Serious Issues”, “Gender-based Research and Innovation”, and 6 Parallel Sessions, including “Benefits from Women's Participation in Science, Technology an...

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