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. ...

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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SkyNRG, Fly Green Fund and Swedavia enable sustainable aviation fuel flights from Gothenburg Landvetter Airport

  • Posted by ICEF
  • July 21, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

The Fly Green Fund is a Nordic initiative which aggregates funding to bridge the premium of bio jet fuels. Under the Fly Green Fund scheme, Swedavia, the largest Swedish airport operator, received its first volume of sustainable aviation fuel for 2017 at Gothenburg Airport. With this delivery, Swedavia takes a next step in reducing its entire business travel footprint from flying through its partn...

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A series of smart grid related conferences scheduled throughout this year

  • Posted by ICEF
  • July 21, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Smart Grid is sponsoring and/or co-sponsoring more than 20 smart grid related conferences throughout this year. Examples of these conferences include "2017 IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid and Smart Cities (ICSGSC) ", "SMART Power Flow Controllers for Smart Grid Applications", "2017 IEEE International Conference on Smart Energy Gr...

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CO2 Summit III: Pathways to Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Deployment was held in May 22-26, 2017, at Grand Hotel San Michele, Cetraro (Calabria), Italy.

  • Posted by ICEF
  • July 14, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

In the CO2 utilization session on the conference, RD&D framework for CO2 utilization at the Giga ton scale was discussed. Some ongoing policy initiatives such as grant opportunity for CO2 utilization and Direct Air Capture (DAC) were reported. It was pointed out conducting robust and transparent lifecycle emissions assessment is required to understand the effectiveness of CO2 utilization. Barr...

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GCF (Green Climate Fund) Requests for Proposals for Mobilizing Funds at Scale

  • Posted by ICEF
  • July 14, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

The GCF invites existing and potential accredited entities to propose projects and programmes that deploy private sector investment in support of mitigation and adaptation activity in developing countries. Up to USD 500 million for this request of proposals will be allocated on minimum of three high-impact projects and programmes that mobilize private sector investment in climate change activity a...

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The 1st ‘EMIRI Tech Talk’ on Advanced Materials for Batteries for stationary energy storage & clean mobility was a success

  • Posted by ICEF
  • July 7, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

EMIRI convened a meeting called ‘EMIRI Tech Talk’, with attendance from 40 organizations including its members, EU Commission DG R&I, Joint Research Centre and other invitees. EMIRI Tech Talks offered EMIRI Members an updated overview of insights on technology, players, markets & EU policies from the perspective of Advanced Materials and covering technologies covered in the EME...

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Demonstration on peer-to-peer trading in the wholesale energy market using blockchain technology initiated in Europe

  • Posted by ICEF
  • July 7, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

Vattenfall’s Business Area Markets, along with 22 other European energy trading firms, is initiating one of the world’s largest field trials for peer-to-peer trading of wholesale electricity. They are expecting to lower the transaction cost of trading energy by eliminating the need for a centralized energy market place using blockchain. Reduced transaction costs will enable small scale...

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

  • Posted by Georg Erdmann
  • June 5, 2017
  • Professor, Berlin University of Technology

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 aim was to enter into an international discussion of practices, concepts, and policies for promoting innovations that should help reaching net zero CO2 emissions in the 2nd half of this century. The event was also intended to a...

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Prospects for NDCs and Incremental Action: Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2016 Concurrent Sessions

  • Posted by Raymond J. Kopp
  • February 14, 2017
  • Senior Fellow, Co-Director, Center for Energy and Climate Policy, Resources for the Future

In the NDC concurrent session of ICEF 2016, four speakers gave presentations regarding the prospects for NDCs and incremental actions including reviewing systems and integrated contribution approaches based on the background of policies of world nations, especially the USA, the UK and Japan. In the panel discussion, the effectiveness and difficulties of using abatement cost as an evaluating indica...

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The 4th ICEF: New challenge of uncertainties

  • Posted by Nobuo Tanaka
  • February 1, 2017
  • Chairman, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

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. New US policies, either domestic or foreign, do have much larger internation...

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ICEF INNOVATION ROADMAPS

  • Posted by David Sandalow
  • January 17, 2017
  • Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University

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.But ICEF is more than an annual conference.  The ICEF Innovat...

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CO2 zero emission as the key concept of ICEF

  • Posted by Yoichi Kaya
  • January 12, 2017
  • President, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)

ICEF started in 2014 and I served ICEF as the chairman of its steering committee. ICEF held its first forum in October 2014 and its second in October 2015. ICEF 2014 gathered audience of around 800, and ICEF 2015 gathered more than 1,000 from all over the world. In this sense these forums were successful. However after the two forums I felt that the focal point of the meetings was not so clear and...

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Future of the Investment from the Private Sector: Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2016 Concurrent Sessions

  • Posted by Takashi Hongo
  • December 26, 2016
  • 21.Other, Mitsui Global Strategic Studies Institute

-ICEF approach for dissemination of technologies- Technology is the key to achieving the 2 degrees target aimed by the Paris Agreement.  ICEF aims to approach climate change issues by application of technologies, and discussions were held on the supporting mechanism of technology dissemination. The Asian Development Bank shows its strength in large-scale investments in sectors such as the p...

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ICEF2016 Roadmaps: CO2 Utilization and ZEB/ZEH roadmaps released at COP22

  • Posted by ICEF
  • December 7, 2016
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

ICEF develops roadmaps on global industry-academia-government initiatives for sharing visions and facilitating discussions for the development and dissemination of innovative low carbon technologies. After reflecting the discussions in concurrent sessions in the 3rd annual meeting and review comments and suggestions from experts, the two roadmaps on CO2 Utilization and ZEB/ZEH were released at the...

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ICEF2016 Roadmap Project

  • Posted by ICEF
  • December 7, 2016
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

ICEF2016 Roadmap Project December 7, 2016 [Updated] Roadmap Launch Event at COP22 Sustainable Development for Realization of “Net Zero Anthropogenic Emission of CO2” and  Desirable Innovation to Come – Launch Event of the Roadmap Developed by Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) – On November 16, 2016, the launch event of the ICEF Roadmaps successfu...

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Power Conversion Technologies for Large Scale Renewables Integration: Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2016 Concurrent Sessions

  • Posted by Georg Erdmann
  • November 18, 2016
  • Professor, Berlin University of Technology

Large shares of renewable electricity pose major challenges to the power grid: One is that renewables are to be produced where wind potentials exist and space for harvesting solar radiation and biomass is available. Unfortunately these renewable resources exist often in remote areas far from power load centers. As a consequence, a growing share of renewable electricity depends on long distance ele...

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Smart Grids: Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2016 Concurrent Sessions

  • Posted by Bo Normark
  • November 15, 2016
  • Chairman Annex 6 Power T&D Systems, ISGAN

The electric energy sector is changing. The production landscape of electricity is changing, with increased number of renewables such as wind and solar with variable production. The consumption landscape is changing, with significant improvements in energy efficiency and accelerated deployment of electric vehicles. The investor landscape for the energy sector is changing, with increasing part...

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