International Framework for Tackling Climate Change

Topic Background

It has been more than 20 years since the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered into force. The latest achievement by the UNFCCC is the Paris Agreement adopted in COP21, which encourages each Parties to formulate their objectives (Nationally Determined Contribution: NDC), and covers a broad area of measures such as adaptation, finance, technology development and transfer. The Paris Agreement is a pivotal one, though further discussion needs to be done to work out the details of the Agreement.
At the same time, various partnerships and collaborations outside UNFCCC has contributed to international efforts to tackle climate change. It is desirable to have a comprehensive review of international climate change efforts to understand how to effectively incorporate such initiatives outside UNFCCC.

Comments and Discussion

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...

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 ...

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...

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

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • September 22, 2017

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...

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

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • August 28, 2017

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. 

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

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • July 28, 2017

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...

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...

Discussion continues for the Global Climate Action Agenda

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • September 5, 2016

In May 2016, Ms. Laurence Tubiana, French Ambassador for climate change (also a steering committee member for ICEF) and Ms. Hakima El Haite, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment of Morocco presented a roadmap for the Global Climate Action Agenda to increase cooperative climate action by all stakeholders including governments, businesses and citizens. Many Parti...

[Series: Road to Paris & Beyond]
After ICEF 2015 (Tokyo) and before COP21 (Paris)

  • Posted by Georg Erdmann
  • October 15, 2015
  • Professor, Berlin University of Technology

  Prof. Dr. Georg Erdmann georg.erdmann@tu-berlin.de 14 October 2015  The second ICEF annual meeting is over. It was joined by more than 1,000 invited senior researchers, business leaders and policy makers from about 70 nations. Due to the excellence of speakers, the quality of discussions and the generous organization of the conference hosts, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade a...

How ambitious is the GHG reduction target of Japan?

  • Posted by Kenji Yamaji
  • August 7, 2015
  • Director-General, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)

IntroductionThe government of Japan officially communicated its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) on 17 July, 2015. Japan’s INDC states a level of GHG (greenhouse gas) reduction of 26.0% by fiscal year (FY) 2030 compared to FY 2013 (25.4% reduction compared to FY 2005). Japan’s GHG reduction target is set as the sum of domestic emission reductions and removals and the ...

[Series: Road to Paris & Beyond]
What can be expected from ICEF2015?

  • Posted by Georg Erdmann
  • August 7, 2015
  • Professor, Berlin University of Technology

The series of annual ICEF conferences was established in 2014 in order to stimulate the awareness concerning the role of innovations towards solving the global warming issue. We all know that present technologies and practices to produce and consume is not sustainable, particularly in the field of energy. Thus new approaches are needed. The task is particularly challenging as the greenhouse gas ch...

Decision making under uncertainty – Climate sensitivity and 2 degree target

  • Posted by Mitsutsune Yamaguchi
  • July 28, 2015
  • Special advisor to Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth

Huge uncertainty in Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity There remain huge uncertainties related to almost all aspects of climate change, including science, technology and economy. We are not sure of the future impacts of climate change whether there exists a particular temperature increase level (threshold) above which our society cannot tolerate. We are not sure whether and when unknown innovati...

[Series: Road to Paris & Beyond]
What can be expected from COP21 from the viewpoint of clean technologies?

  • Posted by Georg Erdmann
  • June 30, 2015
  • Professor, Berlin University of Technology

The new bottom-up approach invites individual countries to propose national emission reduction targets on a voluntary basis. These statements had been due to end of May 2015. As far as it is known today, most national emission reduction targets are not rather ambitious. It therefore seems that the IPCC target of limiting the global temperature increase by 2 degrees Celsius will probably not reache...