Materials Development for Net Zero Emission (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Itaru Yasui
  • November 24, 2017

The relation between materials and energy ranges diversely from, for example, improving energy efficiency through the development of new structural materials (e.g. weight reduction or engine combustion efficiency improvement by high temperature resistant alloys) to improving battery capabilities by developing new electrolytes. ...

ICEF2017 Roadmaps: CO2 Utilization 2.0 and Energy Storage

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • November 14, 2017

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) is today releasing innovation roadmaps for carbon dioxide utilization and energy storage, technologies with the potential to contribute significantly to long-term net zero GHG emissions. ...

[Updated] COP23 Events with participation from the ICEF: ICEF regional meeting and our latest roadmaps on CO2 Utilization and Energy Storage

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • December 11, 2017

The latest ICEF Roadmaps, CO2 Utilization 2.0 and Energy Storage, will be released at side events of COP23 to be held in Bonn, Germany. ...

Hydrogen & Fuel Cells (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Pierre-Etienne Franc
  • December 13, 2017

Hydrogen technologies have made promising steps in the last years on several fields. ...

Biofuels (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by James D. Kinder
  • December 13, 2017

In the last ten years there have been major developments to produce a “drop-in” fuel for aviation from bio-derived sources. ...

CCS (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Alex Zapantis
  • December 13, 2017

The CCS session was Chaired by Alex Zapantis, General Manager Commercial at the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, and joined by four excellent speakers: ...

Demonstration on peer-to-peer trading in the wholesale energy market using blockchain technology initiated in Europe

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • July 7, 2017

Vattenfall’s Business Area Markets, along with 22 other European energy trading firms, is initiating one of the world’s largest field trials for peer-to-peer trading of wholesale electricity. They are expecting to lower the transaction cost of trading energy by eliminating the need for a centralized energy market place using blockchain. Reduced transaction costs will enable small scale...

Policy and Innovation for Energy and Climate Change: ICEF side-event at the Vienna Energy Forum 2017

  • Posted by Georg Erdmann
  • June 5, 2017
  • Professor, Berlin University of Technology

The side event on May 9, 2017 ICEF was organized in cooperation with NEDO and UNIDO under the title “Policy & Innovation for Energy and Climate Change”. The aim was to enter into an international discussion of practices, concepts, and policies for promoting innovations that should help reaching net zero CO2 emissions in the 2nd half of this century. The event was also intended to a...

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...

The 4th ICEF: New challenge of uncertainties

  • Posted by Nobuo Tanaka
  • February 1, 2017
  • Chairman, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

The uncertainty we are now facing is described as "huge-beyond-reason (ijigen-no fukakujitsusei)" by Dr. KUBO Fumiaki of the University of Tokyo. He means the impacts of what will be implemented as "America First" policies by the US President Donald Trump to the global community could be beyond imagination. New US policies, either domestic or foreign, do have much larger internation...


  • Posted by David Sandalow
  • January 17, 2017
  • Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University

Last October more than 1000 people from around the world convened in Tokyo for the 3rd Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF). With participation from senior government officials, business executives and thought leaders, the conference has become an important forum for dialogue on ways to promote clean energy and protect the planet.But ICEF is more than an annual conference.  The ICEF Innovat...

CO2 zero emission as the key concept of ICEF

  • Posted by Yoichi Kaya
  • January 12, 2017
  • President, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)

ICEF started in 2014 and I served ICEF as the chairman of its steering committee. ICEF held its first forum in October 2014 and its second in October 2015. ICEF 2014 gathered audience of around 800, and ICEF 2015 gathered more than 1,000 from all over the world. In this sense these forums were successful. However after the two forums I felt that the focal point of the meetings was not so clear and...

Future of the Investment from the Private Sector: Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2016 Concurrent Sessions

  • Posted by Takashi Hongo
  • December 26, 2016
  • Other, Mitsui Global Strategic Studies Institute

-ICEF approach for dissemination of technologies- Technology is the key to achieving the 2 degrees target aimed by the Paris Agreement.  ICEF aims to approach climate change issues by application of technologies, and discussions were held on the supporting mechanism of technology dissemination. The Asian Development Bank shows its strength in large-scale investments in sectors such as the p...

ICEF2016 Roadmaps: CO2 Utilization and ZEB/ZEH roadmaps released at COP22

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • December 7, 2016

ICEF develops roadmaps on global industry-academia-government initiatives for sharing visions and facilitating discussions for the development and dissemination of innovative low carbon technologies. After reflecting the discussions in concurrent sessions in the 3rd annual meeting and review comments and suggestions from experts, the two roadmaps on CO2 Utilization and ZEB/ZEH were released at the...

ICEF2016 Roadmap Project

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • December 7, 2016

ICEF2016 Roadmap Project December 7, 2016 [Updated] Roadmap Launch Event at COP22 Sustainable Development for Realization of “Net Zero Anthropogenic Emission of CO2” and  Desirable Innovation to Come – Launch Event of the Roadmap Developed by Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) – On November 16, 2016, the launch event of the ICEF Roadmaps successfu...

Power Conversion Technologies for Large Scale Renewables Integration: Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2016 Concurrent Sessions

  • Posted by Georg Erdmann
  • November 18, 2016
  • Professor, Berlin University of Technology

Large shares of renewable electricity pose major challenges to the power grid: One is that renewables are to be produced where wind potentials exist and space for harvesting solar radiation and biomass is available. Unfortunately these renewable resources exist often in remote areas far from power load centers. As a consequence, a growing share of renewable electricity depends on long distance ele...

Smart Grids: Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2016 Concurrent Sessions

  • Posted by Bo Normark
  • November 15, 2016
  • Chairman Annex 6 Power T&D Systems, ISGAN

The electric energy sector is changing. The production landscape of electricity is changing, with increased number of renewables such as wind and solar with variable production. The consumption landscape is changing, with significant improvements in energy efficiency and accelerated deployment of electric vehicles. The investor landscape for the energy sector is changing, with increasing part...

ICEF2016 Side Event: ICEF/G7WG

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • October 6, 2016

Summary of ICEF/G7WG 5th October 2016  The G7 Energy Ministerial Meeting was held in Kitakyushu, Japan in May 2016. In a joint statement, G7 countries declared that they encourage collaboration among relevant research laboratories and institutes to promote the development of innovative clean energy technologies. This agreement aims to generate excellent research outputs which have high pote...

On 7 October, CIGS (Canon Institute for Global Studies) will hold an International Symposium "The Role of Innovation for Long-Term GHG Mitigation"

  • Posted by Jun Arima
  • September 18, 2016
  • Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo

On 7 October 2016, CIGS (Canon Institute for Global Studies) will hold an International Symposium "The Role of Innovation for Long-Term GHG Mitigation", with participation of Dr.Carlo Carraro, Dr.Yoichi Kaya, Dr.Laura Diaz Anadon and Dr.David Victor. This Symposium will will deepen discussion on the role of innovation for long-term GHG mitigation, a road towards zero-emission society, the role of ...

CARBON-NEGATIVE ENERGY SYSTEM -- Sustainable World Energy Supply and Global Environment Restoration Using Renewable and Nuclear Energies

  • Posted by Masao Hori
  • September 15, 2016
  • Staff, Universal Energy Research Institute, Inc.

Investigated is a carbon-negative energy system which supplies energy sustainably to the world and sequestering carbon from the global carbon cycle to control atmospheric CO2 concentration. In the conceptual system presented, carbon will be effectively removed from the global carbon cycle by the biomass-nuclear synergistic process to produce biochar and biofuel. Typically, by this carbon-negative ...


  • Posted by Claudio Nicolini
  • September 15, 2016
  • President, Fondazione ELBA Nicolini Nanoworld Institute Labs

ICEF METI Tokyo Japan October 5-6 2016 STRATEGY FOR ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAFTER PARIS CLAUDIO NICOLINI Nanoworld Institute Labs Fondazione EL.B.A. Nicolini in Europe , Russian Academy of Sciences in Russian Federation and Nanoworld Journal and Conference in USA http://www.fondazioneelba-ni...

Researchers found a way to store CO2 in volcanic rock

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • September 12, 2016

An international team of researchers have found a way for CO2 to rapidly form carbonate minerals, by injecting CO2 into the volcanic rock under Iceland. This could potentially be a cheaper and more secure way to store CO2 underground, and it could also improve public acceptance of CCS. As the next step, the team is planning to scale up the project.

Vancouver adopts Zero Emissions Building Plan

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • September 12, 2016

The city of Vancouver, Canada has approved the Zero Emissions Building Plan in July 2016. The plan sets a target to achieve zero emissions from all new buildings by 2030. The plan’s phased approach, aims to reduce emissions from new buildings by 70% in 2020 and 90% in 2025.

Energy Storage Global Conference, September 27-29, 2016 in Brussels

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • September 12, 2016

The Energy Storage Global Conference is the three day event opening on September 27, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. Participants are able to learn about the latest energy storage technologies and policies, market evolution, etc. Follow the link below for details.

The Mission Innovation (MI) partners released government plans to double clean energy research and development funding over five years .

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • September 12, 2016

The 21 partners of the MI represent well over 80 percent of global public investment in clean energy research and development, currently totalling approximately $15 billion per year. They have each pledged to seek a doubling in their governmental and/or state-directed clean energy research and development investment over five years, reaching around a combined $30 billion per year by 2021. These ef...


  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • September 5, 2016

The Seventh Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT 2016) will be held September 6-9, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The theme for this year will be “Transformation and Advancements for Grid Modernization.” Follow the link below for details.