Since 2014, every year the Government of Japan has hosted the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF), gathering international leading figures tackling climate change through technological innovation in Tokyo, Japan.
Initiated by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, ICEF brings the world’s best minds together to solve the 21st century’s greatest environmental challenges.
ICEF’s mission is to nurture discussion and collaboration among participants and to disseminate innovations in energy and environmental technology to participants and beyond.
A distinguished steering committee from around the world ensures that the program addresses drivers of change based on a sound evidence basis.
Participants are invited from the private sector, academia and policy to challenge and inform each other with their expertise and listen to distinguished speakers discuss the latest developments in social and technological innovation.
The conference is a great opportunity to meet committed and diverse range of high-level participants and the place to learn about the latest technological innovation from Japan and around the world.
The first decade of the 21st century have been warmer than any preceding period since global temperature records began in 1850 and it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming, according to the latest IPCC reports. Climate change is a challenge that humanity is facing at this very moment, not in the future.
In 2007, I, as Prime Minister of Japan, proposed a 50% reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Innovation is the key to achieving this ambitious goal and it is essential for governments, businesses, and academia around the world to share their wisdom and closely cooperate with each other.
Based on this concept, I proposed the establishment of a new international conference where the world's leading policy makers, business persons, and researchers can meet and cooperate with each other to address climate change through innovation. This is an unprecedented attempt, an energy- and environment-focused version of the World Economic Forum.
It would be very beneficial if you, who are at the forefront of one of the biggest challenges to humanity, climate change, and are responsible for shaping the future of the earth, would participate in this forum. I hope to see you in Tokyo.
Prime Minister of Japan
Nobuo Tanaka (Chair)
Chairman, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation;
Former Executive Director,
International Energy Agency (IEA)
Sally M. Benson
Professor, Department of Energy Resources
Engineering, School of Earth, Energy &
Environmental Sciences, Stanford University;
Director, Global Climate and Energy Project,
Co-Director, Precourt Institute for Energy,
Professor, Berlin University of Technology;
Member of the independent Expert group
"Energy for the Future"
consulting the Federal Government on
the German Energy Transformation
Delegate of the Consultative Commission
on Industrial Change; Advisor in the EU Affairs
Professor, Research Institute for Science and
Technology, Tokyo University of Science;
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo;
Ambassador, Women's Initiative in
Career (WINDS), Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC);
Endowed Chair Professor, Graduate School of
Energy and Environment, Korea University
Richard K. Lester
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Director General, The Energy and Resources
Institute (TERI); Member of the Prime Minister’s
Council on Climate Change
Chief Executive Officer,
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Former Minister for Environmental
Affairs and Tourism, Republic of South Africa
Deputy Director General and Deputy CEO,
International Institute for Applied Systems
Professor Emeritus, Vienna University of
Technology (TU WIEN)
Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy,
Co-Director, Energy and
School of International and Public Affairs,
Founding Director Emeritus,
Library of Alexandria
Distinguished Professor Emeritus,
University of Manitoba
CEO, European Climate Foundation;
Chair of the Board of Governors,
French Development Agency (AFD);
Professor, Sciences Po Paris