Reports/Opinions

Materials Development for Net Zero Emission (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Itaru Yasui
  • November 24, 2017

The relation between materials and energy ranges diversely from, for example, improving energy efficiency through the development of new structural materials (e.g. weight reduction or engine combustion efficiency improvement by high temperature resistant alloys) to improving battery capabilities by developing new electrolytes. ...

ICEF2017 Roadmaps: CO2 Utilization 2.0 and Energy Storage

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • November 14, 2017

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) is today releasing innovation roadmaps for carbon dioxide utilization and energy storage, technologies with the potential to contribute significantly to long-term net zero GHG emissions. ...

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

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • December 11, 2017

The latest ICEF Roadmaps, CO2 Utilization 2.0 and Energy Storage, will be released at side events of COP23 to be held in Bonn, Germany. ...

Hydrogen & Fuel Cells (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Pierre-Etienne Franc
  • December 13, 2017

Hydrogen technologies have made promising steps in the last years on several fields. ...

Biofuels (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by James D. Kinder
  • December 13, 2017

In the last ten years there have been major developments to produce a “drop-in” fuel for aviation from bio-derived sources. ...

CCS (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Alex Zapantis
  • December 13, 2017

The CCS session was Chaired by Alex Zapantis, General Manager Commercial at the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, and joined by four excellent speakers: ...

Nuclear Energy (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Noriko Endo
  • March 30, 2018
  • Other, Keio University

The present status of nuclear energy policy, nuclear technology development, and future challenges mainly on Japan-US cooperation were discussed. Details are below. - Our primary energy demand today is about 150,000 terawatt-hours, and 85% of it is derived from fossil fuels. Looking forward to 2050 and committing ourselves to COP 21 in Paris, we will need to find 200,000 terawatt-hours of clean...

Energy Storage Roadmap (ICEF Innovation Roadmaps)

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • February 7, 2018

The ICEF Innovation Roadmaps are created every year to seek opportunities for net-zero CO2 emissions in the future. The roadmaps are presented in draft form each year at the ICEF conference and then released at the annual Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In 2017, the ICEF Innovation Roadmap Project released two roadmaps. One is for CO2 utilization...

Launch of the GABC global status, in Paris, on 11th December

  • Posted by Regis Meyer
  • January 23, 2018
  • Manager, Ecology Ministry

France and EU Commission, organised as a side event of the Open Planet Summit, the international conference "Energy Efficiency in Buildings: how to accelerate investment ?". This event gathered 185 executives of the main market-players, and 25 presentations. The Executive Director of International Energy Agency M. Fatih Birol and the Argentina Minister of environment M. Sergio Bergman, launched in...

11th China-Japan Comprehensive Forum on Energy Saving and Environmental Protection was successfully concluded

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • January 10, 2018

The 11th China-Japan Comprehensive Forum on Energy Saving and Environmental Protection, co-sponsored by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) was successfully concluded in Tokyo, on December 24. More than 800 attendants from both countries’ government, industry and academia joined this one-day gatheri...

One Planet Summit was held in France

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • December 27, 2017

One planet summit focusing on public and private finance in support of climate action was held in Paris on 12 December 2017.  The President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, and CEOs addressed the ecological emergency for our planet.     &n...

CCS (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Alex Zapantis
  • December 13, 2017
  • General Manager Commercial, Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute

The CCS session was Chaired by Alex Zapantis, General Manager Commercial at the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, and joined by four excellent speakers:  ● Mr. Ian Yeates, Director, Carbon Capture and Storage Initiatives, Planning, Environment and Sustainable Development Division, SaskPower  ● Dr. Leslie Mabon, Lecturer in Sociology, School of Applied Social St...

Biofuels (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by James D. Kinder
  • December 13, 2017
  • Senior Technical Fellow, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

In the last ten years there have been major developments to produce a “drop-in” fuel for aviation from bio-derived sources. Fuel has been developed from a variety of feedstocks and conversion technologies. The wide variety of feedstocks that have currently been used to produce fuels have come from bio-oils, sugars, biomass, and waste gases with more feedstocks being explored. There h...

Hydrogen & Fuel Cells (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Pierre-Etienne Franc
  • December 13, 2017
  • Vice President, Advanced Business and Technologies World Business Unit, Air Liquide

Hydrogen technologies have made promising steps in the last years on several fields. On the fields of tangible achievement, fuel cells have increased penetration in stationary applications, as demonstrated by Panasonic, initial vehicle marketing initiatives (both from Toyota, Honda and Hyundai) have shown solid reliability and customer adoption, stations development and infrastructure projects a...

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

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • December 13, 2017

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 ...

Materials Development for Net Zero Emission (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Itaru Yasui
  • November 24, 2017
  • Honorary Adviser, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation(NITE)

Session background and objectives: ・The relation between materials and energy ranges diversely from, for example, improving energy efficiency through the development of new structural materials (e.g. weight reduction or engine combustion efficiency improvement by high temperature resistant alloys) to improving battery capabilities by developing new electrolytes. ・In this session, firstly, whil...

ICEF2017 Roadmaps: CO2 Utilization 2.0 and Energy Storage

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • November 14, 2017

[Release] ICEF_Roadmaps_Nov14_2017 ▼ (EN)ICEF2017 Roadmaps: CO2 Utilization 2.0 and Energy Storage ▼ (JP)ICEF2017 ロードマップ:CO2利用2.0とエネルギー貯蔵 ICEF2017 Roadmaps: CO2 Utilization 2.0 and Energy Storage November 14, 2017 23rd Conference of the Parties / UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Bonn, Germany Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) is today releasing innovation roadmaps for car...

Business Action to Tackle Climate Change (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Jun Arima
  • October 31, 2017
  • Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo

It was a great pleasure for me to have had an opportunity to moderate the session on “Business Action to Tackle Climate Change”. With excellent panelists, Mr. Ted Nordhaus (Breakthrough Institute), Mr. Hiroyuki Tezuka (Keidanren), Mr. Philippe Fonta (WBCSD) and Ms. Nicolette Bartlett (CDP), our discussion touched upon many issues including feasibility of the 2 degrees target, sector ...

Energy Storage (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Hiroshi Asano
  • October 31, 2017
  • Associate Vice President, Energy Innovation Center, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry

Energy storage is a key technology for decarbonization and supporting the smart society. Therefore, it is an imperative topic for ICEF. The session room was occupied fully because it attracted a high level of interest. Globally installed non-pumped hydro electricity storage has grown rapidly, over 50% per year and reached 3.5 GW in 2016. However, storage needs will remain largely answered by exi...

Social System Innovation in the Energy Sector: Blockchain (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Kenichiro Yamaguchi
  • October 31, 2017
  • Research Director, Mitsubishi Research Institute Inc.

Nowadays, hardly a day passes by without hearing some news about blockchain technology or its most famous manifestation, the Bitcoin. Due to its responsiveness, distributed nature, low cost, and proof against fraud, blockchain technology is suited for peer-to-peer transaction. On the other hand, any low-carbon future envisages a substantial introduction of variable renewable energy, which tends ...

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

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • October 30, 2017

Time and Date: 12:50-13:20, Thursday, 5 October, 2017 Venue: Neptune, 4th Floor, Plaza, Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo October 5, during ICEF 2017 annual meeting, informative side event was hosted by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Mr. David Turk, the Acting Director of the IEA’s Directorate of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, presented IEA’s flagship publication devoted t...

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

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • October 30, 2017

Time and Date: 12:10-12:40, Thursday, 5 October, 2017Venue: Neptune, 4th Floor, Plaza, Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo October 5, during ICEF 2017 annual meeting, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) launched (for the first time in the world) its latest report on “Electricity storage and renewable: Costs and markets to 2030”. Dr. Dolf Gielen, director of the IRENA Innovation ...

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

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • October 16, 2017

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...

Platinum free catalyst for polymer electrolyte fuel cells was released

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • September 29, 2017

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...

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

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • September 29, 2017

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...

GPIF selected three ESG indices

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • September 29, 2017

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...