Innovators and Global Leaders

Plenary Session 3

- Directing Innovation for Net-Zero Emissions: Transformational Narratives -

Session background and objectives

・Blockchain and related innovations may fundamentally alter the way of economic transactions in social systems; they may reduce or even eliminate the traditional role of intermediate companies such as banks, energy traders and other wholesale businesses.

・Intensive research by scientists as well as extensive dialogue among various stakeholders are indispensable elements in identifying the optimal path towards achievement of Net-Zero Emissions.

・In this session, distinguished speakers from diverse aspects of climate change research are invited to discuss on the latest in the quest for Net-Zero Emissions and narratives transforming the energy infrastructure and society towards a carbon-free future.


Nebojsa Nakicenovic[Moderator]


Deputy Director General and Deputy CEO, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA); Professor Emeritus, Vienna University of Technology (TU WIEN)

Vaclav Smil


Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba

James A. Edmonds


Laboratory Fellow and Chief Scientist, Joint Global Change Research Institute, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

David Victor


Professor of International Relations, School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego (UCSD)


Two years ago the world adopted the Paris framework along with Mission Innovation, flexible and potentially effective systems for promoting international cooperation on climate change. But are they working in ways that will accelerate the needed radical transformation in energy technologies as required to make deep cuts in emissions? This talk will identify shortcomings of the current approach and focus on models that could be much more effective. It will emphasize the need for promoting technologies within niches where they can be improved and the role for direct regulation instead of simply carbon pricing as an impetus for change.


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