Innovators and Global Leaders

Plenary Session 1

- Driving Innovation for Net-Zero Emissions: Role of Business and Market -

Session background and objectives

Following the key concept of “the global Net Zero Anthropogenic Emissions of CO2” which was agreed in ICEF 2016, the theme of Plenary Session 1 is “Driving innovation for Net-Zero Emissions: Role of Business and Market”. Innovation for reducing CO2 emissions is becoming increasingly important at a time when political will directed toward climate change mitigation is unpredictable. The private sector takes an active role in encouraging innovation and changing the world through innovation. How they drive innovation is influenced by the support and stimulation provided by various stakeholders. This session will focus mainly on what really drives innovation in view of business and market. How could business become more innovative and climate-friendly? How could stakeholders help business to foster innovation?


Nobuo Tanaka[Moderator]


Chairman, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation; Former Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)

Anneli Pauli


Hors Classe Adviser (Innovation and Competitiveness), Directorate-General Climate Action, European Commission


Ms Pauli's presentation will highlight more than two decades of EU's experience in designing and implementing climate policies in order to drive the transition to low greenhouse gas emissions economy. The emphasis will be on how consistent policy signals to industry, businesses and investors are fundamental to creating a holistic enabling environment to drive this transition. The role of policies and regulations and aligned standards combined with coordinated approach to investment and deployment of targeted financial instruments will be presented as key element of this approach. Furthermore, the importance of skills, research and innovation in the path to low-emissions future and for achieving climate goals will also be addressed.

Michael Liebreich

Chairman of the Advisory Board and Founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance

David Turk

Acting Director, Directorate of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, International Energy Agency


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