What’s ICEF?

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.



Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan

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.

Shinzo Abe's signature

Shinzo Abe

Prime Minister of Japan

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Steering Committee


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,
Stanford University;
Co-Director, Precourt Institute for Energy,
Stanford University


Georg Erdmann

Professor, Berlin University of Technology;
Member of the independent Expert group
"Energy for the Future"
consulting the Federal Government on
the German Energy Transformation


Eija-Riitta Korhola

Delegate of the Consultative Commission
on Industrial Change; Advisor in the EU Affairs


Reiko Kuroda

Professor, Research Institute for Science and
Technology, Tokyo University of Science;
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo;
Ambassador, Women's Initiative in
Developing STEM
Career (WINDS), Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Hoesung Lee

Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC);
Endowed Chair Professor, Graduate School of
Energy and Environment, Korea University


Richard K. Lester

Associate Provost,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Ajay Mathur

Director General, The Energy and Resources
Institute (TERI); Member of the Prime Minister’s
Council on Climate Change


Jon Moore

Chief Executive Officer,
Bloomberg New Energy Finance


Valli Moosa

Former Minister for Environmental
Affairs and Tourism, Republic of South Africa


Nebojsa Nakicenovic

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


David Sandalow

Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy,
Columbia University;
Co-Director, Energy and
Environment Concentration,
School of International and Public Affairs,
Columbia University


Ismail Serageldin

Founding Director Emeritus,
Library of Alexandria


Vaclav Smil

Distinguished Professor Emeritus,
University of Manitoba


Laurence Tubiana

CEO, European Climate Foundation;
Chair of the Board of Governors,
French Development Agency (AFD);
Professor, Sciences Po Paris


Kenji Yamaji

Director-General, Research Institute of
Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE);
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo


Itaru Yasui

Honorary Adviser, National Institute of
Technology and Evaluation (NITE);
Emeritus Professor, The University of Tokyo

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