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
  • 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
  • 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: ...

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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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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