Innovators and Global Leaders

Topic Background

In recent years, innovation in clean energy technologies is gaining more importance. Under the Paris Agreement adopted in COP21, governments agreed to strengthen and promote innovation in the area of clean energy and environmental technologies to address the challenge of climate change. In response to this, two international initiatives have launched: Mission Innovation by governments of 20 countries, and the Breakthrough Energy Coalition by more than 20 prominent investors. Participants to these initiatives have expressed their intention to increase their investment in R&Ds for accelerating innovation of clean energy. Since its launch in 2014, ICEF offers a valuable opportunity to discuss key issues for innovators and global leaders in the fields of research, business and politics across the globe.

Comments and Discussion

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...

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...

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...

Discussion continues for the Global Climate Action Agenda

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • September 5, 2016

In May 2016, Ms. Laurence Tubiana, French Ambassador for climate change (also a steering committee member for ICEF) and Ms. Hakima El Haite, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment of Morocco presented a roadmap for the Global Climate Action Agenda to increase cooperative climate action by all stakeholders including governments, businesses and citizens. Many Parti...

[Series: Road to Paris & Beyond]
After ICEF 2015 (Tokyo) and before COP21 (Paris)

  • Posted by Georg Erdmann
  • October 15, 2015
  • Professor, Berlin University of Technology

  Prof. Dr. Georg Erdmann 14 October 2015  The second ICEF annual meeting is over. It was joined by more than 1,000 invited senior researchers, business leaders and policy makers from about 70 nations. Due to the excellence of speakers, the quality of discussions and the generous organization of the conference hosts, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade a...

The Point of View for Top 10 Innovations

  • Posted by Itaru Yasui
  • September 30, 2015
  • Honorary Adviser, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation(NITE)

As an event in ICEF, which was started last year, “Top 10 Innovations” was also started as a competition for low carbon innovations. The Secretariat collected more than 500 new innovations born in the period of about the past one year, and the committee selected about 150 cases as candidates for the 1st voting, and now the final 25 candidates have been selected. The voting system becam...

[Series: Road to Paris & Beyond]
What can be expected from ICEF2015?

  • Posted by Georg Erdmann
  • August 7, 2015
  • Professor, Berlin University of Technology

The series of annual ICEF conferences was established in 2014 in order to stimulate the awareness concerning the role of innovations towards solving the global warming issue. We all know that present technologies and practices to produce and consume is not sustainable, particularly in the field of energy. Thus new approaches are needed. The task is particularly challenging as the greenhouse gas ch...

Decision making under uncertainty – Climate sensitivity and 2 degree target

  • Posted by Mitsutsune Yamaguchi
  • July 28, 2015
  • Special advisor to Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth

Huge uncertainty in Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity There remain huge uncertainties related to almost all aspects of climate change, including science, technology and economy. We are not sure of the future impacts of climate change whether there exists a particular temperature increase level (threshold) above which our society cannot tolerate. We are not sure whether and when unknown innovati...

[Series: Road to Paris & Beyond]
What can be expected from COP21 from the viewpoint of clean technologies?

  • Posted by Georg Erdmann
  • June 30, 2015
  • Professor, Berlin University of Technology

The new bottom-up approach invites individual countries to propose national emission reduction targets on a voluntary basis. These statements had been due to end of May 2015. As far as it is known today, most national emission reduction targets are not rather ambitious. It therefore seems that the IPCC target of limiting the global temperature increase by 2 degrees Celsius will probably not reache...